The intricate food system inside the European Union is one of its biggest sectors in terms of employment numbers and contribution towards its gross domestic product (GDP), with over 17 million businesses involved in producing, processing, transporting and selling food. The system uses vast reserves of natural resources and minerals which go into the complex cycle of food production, storage and consumption, meaning it has a major influence on the environment.
How Will The EU Reach Its Zero To Landfill Goals?
The scale at which the food industry has become influential over the environment is continuing to increase, and is now estimated to be the highest in terms of resource use on a global level. Yet it is estimated that 30% of all the food produced globally for human consumption is wasted, which works out at about 1.3 billion tonnes per year.
This has a far reaching effect which is felt all over the planet, and contributes to as much as 3-5% of greenhouse gases and consists of nearly 30% of the world’s agricultural land. Inside the EU it results in a loss of about 100 million tons of food wasted every single year.
The effect of this is not only a huge waste of food, but also of the money and resources used to make it, an effect on the environment and that’s not even mentioning the millions of hungry people who could have been fed. The only way for this to change is if our entire food system is improved going right up the chain, as well as starting with our own kitchen bins.
Recently a number of the EU’s food representatives including manufacturers, processers and the environmental figures came together to discuss all of these issues and to create a starting plan of how to address them effectively. They agreed that first we need to identify what a sustainable food system consists of, and then a way to measure and analyse where the problems lie. This will then allow the correct policies to be introduced and awareness generated of the gains which could be made by reducing waste for consumers, businesses and governments.
The major goal is creating an effective and efficient zero to landfill solution for across the EU which will help to curb the high amount of waste which is being sent to landfill. Reaching our zero to landfill goals will require many changes right across the food industry and with us as consumers, but if the right steps are taken then we have a good chance of ending the high level of food waste which occurs globally every day.
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