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EU Parliament committee votes to cut food waste in half by 2030

Staff Writer | January 25, 2017
The EU Parliament’s environment committee voted to introduce EU-wide targets to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030.
Food waste
Food   From farm to fork
The targets - part of a new Circular Economy Package (CEP) - aim to halve food waste from farm to fork, whereas previous proposals by the EU Commission only looked at retail and consumer food waste.

An estimated 88 million tonnes of food is wasted across the 28 EU States every year, and campaigners have said this could feed the EU population living in food poverty nine times over.

Worldwide, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation figures suggest that up to a third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste before it can be eaten.

A coalition of 48 civil society groups from 16 states has welcomed the environment committee’s vote and demanded the targets be made legally binding.

59,000 people have also signed a and Global Citizen petition to halve the EU's food waste, which was submitted to the MEPs ahead of the vote.

Campaigners believe that, if handled correctly, the EU’s CEP could be more ambitious than France’s food waste ban introduced in early 2016, which organisations in the country have criticised for focusing on large retailers’ in-store food waste, and prioritising redistribution over designing food waste out of the system in the first place.