Study: The European Union wastes 153 million tons of food annually

21 September, 2022
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Study: The European Union wastes 153 million tons of food annually

A report has revealed that the European Union wastes more food than it imports and could stifle food price inflation simply by reducing waste on farms.


 According to the new study, about 153 million tons of food is disposed of in the European Union every year, which is double previous estimates, and 15 million tons more than what is shipped to EU countries from abroad, the British newspaper "The Guardian" said.


The study added that the amount of wheat wasted in the European Union alone is equivalent to about half of Ukraine's wheat exports, and a quarter of other grain exports in the European Union.


"At a time of rising food prices and a cost-of-living crisis, it is a scandal that the European Union is throwing away more food than it imports," said Frank Michelsen, director of Feedback EU, which produced the study. The European Union now has a tremendous opportunity to set legally binding targets to halve its food waste from farm to table by 2030 to tackle climate change and improve food security.


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