Every year, an estimated 88 million tonnes of food is wasted across EU countries. Meanwhile, 1 in 9 people worldwide struggle to find enough food to lead a healthy life. This is a scandal.
Sadly, the problem doesn’t stop there. Globally, if food waste were a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the US. It’s absurd.
The good news? Progress is being made. France recently passed a law banning supermarkets from throwing away unwanted food , and Italy now requires shops to donate all unsold produce to the needy . But these laws are limited, and there are no EU wide requirements for countries to take action.
Right now, we’re at a historic moment. In March, European Parliament will vote on whether to halve Europe’s food waste by 2030 - and if EU countries should be legally obliged to comply with this target.
64,000 people have already raised their voice and secured a major win – in January, the Environment Committee voted in support. But the agreement they landed on was weaker than we need – they agreed to a voluntary target, easy to ignore, and excluded some forms of farm waste. At the next vote, we need European Parliament to go a step further.
If passed into law, this could be the most ambitious agreement on food waste the world has ever seen. And if passed soon, it would also end up in UK law before the country leaves the EU. But there’s also a real danger it could become diluted, with countries able to forever dodge their responsibilities. We can’t let this happen.
Sign the petition calling on the EU to cut food waste in half by 2030 - and for this target to be legally binding, from farm to fork. Want to do more? You can also send a message to key Members of European Parliament via email and Twitter!