food waste

Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain (88,740 inhabitants) organised a campaign “Cornellà takes advantage of the food” (2011) to avoid food waste. It had two different parts. One addressed to citizenship, and the other was the creation of a micro-network to collect food surpluses from some supermarkets and a local market to be distributed to local people in need. In 2012 the Project was extended with the creation of the “Solidary Store” to supply food leftovers to 600 beneficiary families identified by the social services.

Innovation of approach is at least as important as technical innovation. More than a fifth of global GHG emissions are caused by food production and processing. In Switzerland the contribution of gastronomy is almost as high as that of households, and it is at about the same level as the total contribution of production, wholesale trade and processing taken together.

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.