A public consultation on how Europe can achieve sustainability across food production and consumption has been launched by the European Commission in a bid to cut waste.
Entitled ‘Sustainability of the Food System’, the consultation runs from July 9 to October 1 and welcomes views from European citizens, organisations and public authorities on how to reduce the 89 million tonnes of food wasted in the EU each year. The findings will be published in early 2014.
The Commission estimates that up to two billion tonnes, or between a third and half of all food produced around the world is lost or wasted annually. Unless action is taken to kerb the trend, it is predicted that food waste in the EU could rise to 126 million tonnes a year by 2020.
Respondents to the consultation are asked their thoughts on priorities for action, how to measure the impact of food production and what policies should be implemented to meet these challenges.