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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 13:20

House of Lords EU Committee launches inquiry into food waste

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The House of Lords European Union Committee has launched a new inquiry into the EU’s contribution to food waste prevention. It is estimated that up 89 million tonnes of food is wasted in Europe every year and the Committee will look at the progress the European Commission has made toward its target of halving food waste in Europe by 2020.

The Commission's estimates suggest that around 89 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year, equating to almost 180kg for every person living in the EU. The Commission has targeted a 50% reduction of food waste by 2020, although Baroness Scott, speaking as a spokesperson for the House of Lords' inquiry, said that it "remains to be seen whether it can live up to that ambition".

The inquiry will look to gain clarification on a range of issues that will be vital to ensure future progress, such as an unambiguous definition of what food waste is, and a more detailed evaluation of how minimising food waste will fit in with the wider objectives of sustainability and economic growth.

CWIM chief executive Steve Lee said: "Food waste and its prevention has become a growing issue, in terms of food security, the environmental cost of wastage and the need to engage with every link in the food chain from field to fork. CIWM will raise the importance of efficient and effective food waste management, including its collection, treatment and markets for the outputs from these processes."

For further information about the Committee and the inquiry, click here

Any written evidence must be submitted 27 September 2013.

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