Every year, 88 million tons of food are wasted in the European Union, 173 kg per person. The production and elimination of these foods causes the emission of 170 million tons of CO2 and requires the use of 26 million tons of resources.
For this reason, the European Parliament has presented a proposal to reduce food waste by 30% in 2025 and by 50% in 2030.
They also intend to study measures to encourage food donation and clarify the meanings of “preferential consumption” and “expiration date”. In fact, MEPs have proposed exploring the possible benefits of eliminating “preferential consumption” dates of some products, without, of course, posing health risks to consumers.
The text prepared by Bikjana Borzan (S & D, Croatia) was approved with 623 votes in favor, 33 against and 20 abstentions. “In developed countries, food is mostly wasted at the end of the chain, in distribution and by consumers. We are all responsible,” said the speaker.