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Parliamentary questions
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1 April 2016
E-002658-16
Question for written answer E-002658-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Gianluca Buonanno (ENF)

 Subject:  Measures to reduce food waste
 Answer in writing 

Roughly 89 million tonnes of food, an average of 180 kg per person per year, are wasted in Europe, and studies have shown that 42% of food waste occurs in the home.

According to reliable surveys, 8 out of 10 Italians are saying no to food waste for economic, ethical and environmental reasons. Not one EU policy has been implemented to tackle the problem, however.

The main causes of food waste are the fact that millions of people have developed bad habits and do not store food properly, that sell-by-dates are excessively short and that special offers encourage consumers to buy more food than they need.

How is the Commission tackling the problem of food waste at a time when thousands of European citizens do not have enough to eat?

Original language of question: IT 
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