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Parliamentary questions
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24 May 2016
Question for written answer E-004146-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Javier Nart (ALDE) , Carolina Punset (ALDE) , María Teresa Giménez Barbat (ALDE)

 Subject:  Food loss and food waste
 Answer in writing 

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), throughout the supply chain, i.e. from agricultural production to final household consumption, one third of the food produced for human consumption in the world is lost or wasted. Horrifyingly, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year.

An FAO report issued in 2011 entitled ‘Global food losses and food waste’ states that per capita food loss in Europe is 280-300 kg per year, and that the largest losses occur at the final phase in the process, i.e. the consumer phase.

What initiatives has the Commission promoted, or will it promote, to ensure that food is consumed responsibly, with a view to bringing these large numbers down?

Is the Commission considering encouraging initiatives involving distributing to people in need food that would otherwise be thrown away?

Original language of question: ES 
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