Stop food waste

Stop food waste

In the EU, an estimated 20% of the total food produced is lost or wasted (FUSIONS, 2016), while 33 million people cannot afford a quality meal every second day (Eurostat, 2018).

Households generate more than half of the total food waste in the EU (47 million tonnes) with 70% of food waste arising at household, food service and retail (FUSIONS, 2016).

Globally, approximately a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted (FAO, 2011).

Food loss and waste in industrialised countries are as high as in developing countries, but their distribution is different:

  • in developing countries, over 40% of food losses happen after harvest and during processing;
  • in industrialised countries, over 40% occurs at retail and consumer level (FAO, 2011).

Causes of food waste

What can you do?

Watch the video below to learn more about the food loss and waste related actions proposed in the Farm to Fork Strategy, adopted by the Commission in May 2020, for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system:

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