Nine prominent NGOs have called on the EU to be more ambitious with its food waste policy, arguing that the current proposals “will not result in concrete change.”
In the Circular Economy Package, which was announced in December, the EU decided against creating specific targets for food waste. The text referred instead to the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030.
However, in their position paper the NGOs point out that the UN goal only applies to food waste generated by retail and consumers, when in fact two thirds of food waste occurs before it reaches shops and end users.
Introducing a target to reduce all food waste in the EU by 30% before 2025 would therefore make a bigger impact, according to the paper.
As well as a common methodology to help measure food wastage along the value chain, the NGOs call for an examination of retail practices in the EU - the demand for perfect looking produce means that around 20% of fruit and vegetables is rejected before it leaves the farm.
You can read the position paper in full here.