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Dutch food waste on the increase despite consumer campaigns

Food waste in the Netherlands remained constant on 2010 levels last year despite a national target established in 2009 that targeted a 20% reduction by 2015. According to data released recently by the Dutch environment ministry, household food waste amounted to around 66 kilograms of food waste per capita in 2013, of which 47kg could have been eaten. This represents 13.6% of food purchased and is almost identical to the level of waste reported in 2010. A spokesman for the Ministry of Environment admitted that changing consumer behaviour was proving difficult despite a number of information campaigns. The Dutch Government will bring out new measures in the coming months aimed at retailers and will publish research on behaviour change. In a promising development however, a regional experiment saw households compete to reduce their food waste resulting in a 20% drop in just 3 weeks.

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