Roughly 30-40% of total food production in the world is lost before it reaches the market. In the EU alone, annual food waste is estimated to account for 143 billion euros worth of food (with over half of EU food waste coming from households). Meanwhile, up to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be associated with unconsumed food.
So, what do our readers think? We had comments sent in on food waste from Franz, Carlos, Enzo and Vytautas. To get a response, we put them to one of the Vice-Chairs of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety: Dutch MEP Anja Hazekamp, from the Party for the Animals (which sits with The Left in the European Parliament – GUE/NGL). You can see her responses in the video above.
How can we get people to stop wasting so much food? Would people throw out less food if it was more expensive? How can we teach children the value of the food we eat? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!