European Parliament resolution on bringing the food bank project to Europe
The European Parliament,
– having regard to Rule 120 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas the most important issue for the future will be that of dealing with the increased demand for food, due to world population growth, and whereas policies to reduce food wastage will therefore be needed;
B. whereas in the EU-27, 89 million tonnes of waste is generated each year (179 kg per capita) and, according to a projection for 2020, unless action is taken this figure will increase by 40%, to 126 million tonnes per year;
C. whereas the authorities in New Delhi have decided to create a sort of food bank that collects leftovers from weddings, hotels, restaurants and public ceremonies and distributes them to the destitute of the city; whereas the system will be based on the sending of text messages by donors to alert volunteers to the presence of surplus food after buffets or meals, or unused food of any kind, and the volunteers will then visit each donor to collect the food and take it to the needy who request it;
1. Calls on the Commission to draw inspiration from the food bank project for the poor in India and to bring the same project to major European cities;
2. Calls on the Commission to consider introducing a 'last-minute market', to recover food that is discarded by supermarkets and re-sell it, in accordance with certain legal procedures, at a very low cost to those who are on a minimum income.