In Europe, 89 billion kilos of good food are lost every year. For the production of these discarded foods, over 15 billion kilos of nitrogen are used, resulting in unnecessary ammonia and methane emissions. Food waste is an ecological problem. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases worldwide. Without food waste, 22 million tonnes of greenhouse gases could be saved in Germany alone. This corresponds to one third of the greenhouse gases in agriculture that could be avoided.
However, food waste is also a logistical and ethical challenge for society. Every year, the equivalent of 230,000 cattle end up in the trash, uneaten. At the same time, 55 million people living in food poverty in Europe.
Consumers can contribute to a significant reduction in ammonia and methane emissions from agriculture by developing a higher appreciation of the products and disposing of less. Food waste occurs along the whole food chain. Therefore, also trade and industry have a great need for improvements as they contribute to food waste as well.
In the course of the project, Environmental Action Germany (DUH) deals with the legal requirements that hinder the saving of good foods e.g. by passing on expired food. Policies for food waste reduction in Germany lag behind. Therefore, the project requests more progressive and legally binding policies to reduce food waste. Together with external partners we are looking for new possibilities and new cooperations to effectively push the reduction of food waste on political and social level.