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Conclusions of 7th meeting of the European Committee of the Regions- Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) about food waste

Conclusions of 7th meeting of the European Committee of the Regions- Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) about food waste
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Dec

During the debate, local and regional representatives supported the Commission’s proposals for the development of a common methodology. They also put forward recommendations as to how local and regional authorities can contribute to the reduction of food waste.“How much food does the average European household throw away every year, and how can we make better use of food that has been produced?” This was one of the main subjects of a discussion with European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, responsible for health and food safety, held by the European Committee of the Regions at the 7th meeting of its Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) on 1 March. This question is also the theme of the working document on food waste drawn up by Ossi Martikainen (FI/ALDE), local councillor of Lapinlahti and member of the European Committee of the Regions.
1st Vice-Chair of the NAT Commission, Anthony Gerard Buchanan (UK/EA), emphasised that food waste is unacceptable from an ethical point of view, and also gives rise to huge economic and environmental costs. He also recalled that in July 2015 the Committee of the Regions adopted a Resolution on Sustainable Food, which called for a 30% reduction in food waste by 2025.
Commissioner Andriukaitis highlighted the fundamental importance of the local and regional levels of government in preventing food waste, noting that Scotland, Mr Buchanan’s homeland, has put in place a “Zero Waste Scotland” plan.
During the debate, local and regional representatives supported the Commission’s proposals for the development of a common methodology. They also put forward recommendations as to how local and regional authorities can contribute to the reduction of food waste.

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