Yesterday the Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Package. In a circular economy the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible; waste and resource use are minimised, and resources are kept within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, to be used again and again to create further value.
At least one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption goes to waste every year: a total of 1.3 billion tons. The world’s one billion hungry could be fed with less than a quarter of the food that gets thrown away in the USA, Great Britain and Europe. Ten per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from wealthy countries are caused by the production of food that will never be eaten.