Food Waste: Cutting losses along the supply chain

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This article is part of our special report Agriculture.

In response to the European Commission’s study that estimated annual food waste in the EU at approximately 179kg per person, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in January 2012 on how to avoid food waste.

The resolution is aimed at identifying a series of strategies for a more efficient food chain in the EU. Among these strategies, the design of new packaging that will increase longevity of goods plays an important role.

How achievable is the 50% reduction of food waste by 2025? What measures should be taken to reach this objective?

What steps should be taken to encourage research and innovation in food packaging? How can we balance different packaging with the environmental considerations?

In the broader scheme of resource efficiency, how can we produce food more efficiently with available resources?

What is the role of local authorities in the implementation of strategies to reduce food waste in all Member States?

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