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European Commission launches consultation on food waste

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on how to reduce food waste and improve efficiency in the food system.

‘Sustainability of the Food System’ asks respondents to express their views on priorities for action, how to measure the impacts of food production, how to prevent and reduce food waste, as well as how to improve the sustainability of the food chain.

The EC says the aim is to identify and assess policies and programmes that could help make the production and consumption of food more sustainable with 81 million tonnes of food wasted every year in Europe.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “This is morally and economically unacceptable and is all the more horrific when you consider the true scale of the resources required to produce [this waste]. We are also wasting all those resources. There’s something wrong with the system.”

Respondents can fill an online questionnaire until 1 October 2013. The Commission will collate and present feedback collected in a report.

In the UK, the International Development Committee called for the introduction of food waste reduction targets ahead of an international nutrition summit in June.

Since 2007, WRAP has been running a national campaign to raise awareness on food waste called Love Food Hate Waste.

  • MRW has for the past two years supported Zero Waste Week which this year runs from 2-8 September (

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