Resources National strategy to reduce food waste

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, February 25, 2019
Federal Minister Julia Klöckner addresses journalists in the Bundestag on the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste.
Photo: BMEL/Photothek
Federal Minister Julia Klöckner addresses journalists in the Bundestag on the National Strategy for Reducing Food Waste.
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The strategy for reducing food waste identifies possible causes of food waste. It identifies both challenges and fields of action to reduce food waste along the food supply chain.

The aim is to halve per capita food waste in Germany at retail and consumer level by 2030 and to reduce food waste along the production and supply chain, including post-harvest losses. This is provided for in the coalition agreement and the United Nations' Agenda 2030.

In Germany, around eleven million t of food waste are produced each year. According to the expertise of the scientific advisory councils for nutrition, agricultural and forest policy of the BMEL, halving food waste would save six million t of CO2 equivalents in greenhouse gas emissions in Germany. So anyone who reduces the waste of food is actively engaged in resource and climate protection.

The National Strategy provides the framework to define measures to prevent food waste and to achieve a societal shift towards greater appreciation of our food and the resources needed to produce it. The strategy describes the participatory implementation process and the first concrete measures of the BMEL.

The strategy makes it clear that reducing food waste is a task for society as a whole. All actors from civil society, business and research are therefore called upon to get involved in the process of solving this task. This is to be achieved through participation in dialogue forums per sector and in an overarching national dialogue forum.

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