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Europe Food Waste Law Says Supermarkets Should Minimize Overproduction, Waste Amount Can Occupy Entire China

First Posted: Jul 14, 2016 04:10 AM EDT
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Europe food waste, particularly supermarkets that throw out excess foods, has led campaigners to greater demands for laws against it. In a separate report of the parliament's environment committee, binding laws to minimize food waste by 2030 were also demanded.

The Europe food waste problem led MEPs to vote 600 over 48 to pass laws to stop unfair trading practices by supermarkets that lead to overproduction of food, which often produce tons of waste, Makemefeed reported.

Simona Bonafe, the report's author, told The Guardian that approximately 100m tons of Europe's food are wasted annually, while 800 million people go hungry every day all over the world.

"This is a paradox of our time that is no longer bearable. At last, we have the opportunity to structure our legislation to prevent food waste in the EU," Bonafe said.

Norbert Kurilla, the environment minister for Slovakia and holds the bloc's rotating presidency, was firm that they need a Europe against food waste campaign though no legally binding food waste targets yet as of the moment. He also told The Guardian that the sooner they will start to have targets for food waste, the better.

The current Europe food waste statistics reflects that the waste has consumed a quarter of all water used by agriculture, and to occupy a cropland space the size of China. This produces approximately 8 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, which is greater compared to Europe's share of global emissions.

The Europe food waste issue has rose environmental concerns that has led to putting up the Food drink Europe food waste campaign. This campaign has a toolkit that gives recommendations for policymakers to support the campaign. It helps food and drinks producers to avoid the waste of food within their own operations, Packaging News reported.

Europe food waste campaigners said that third of the world's food is lost between the farm and the plate with a cost of $940bn annually.

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