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Parliamentary question - E-004881/2020Parliamentary question

    Reducing food waste

    Question for written answer E-004881/2020
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Traian Băsescu (PPE)

    Each year, 88 million tonnes of food is wasted in the EU.

    There are many reasons for this, such as the strict rules imposed by the EU and distributors themselves regarding the appearance of foods acceptable for sale. Other causes may be excess production, the view that disposal is cheaper than use or reuse or failure on the part of consumers to plan their purchases properly.

    This is also an environmental problem, since wasting food means wasting all the water and energy necessary to grow it, not to mention, harvesting, transport and packaging. In the light of the European Green Deal and the ‘farm to fork’ strategy, food waste reduction must be incorporated into Commission environmental policies. It is essential to formulate a statutory definition of food waste, define the obligations of all involved along the supply chain and set targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from food waste. In view of this:

    Last updated: 21 September 2020
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