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22/01/2013 - While ten years ago around 3-4% of all fresh food products would end up as waste in supermarkets, nowadays this number has – partly due to better logistics – been reduced to 1-2%, claims Food Supply Chain Expert Toine Timmermans of Wageningen University. According to Timmermans, who has been studying the subject for ten years, supermarkets have increased cooperation with suppliers and optimized the supply after initial years…
15/01/2013 - In Austria, freeganism – the practice of reclaiming and eating food that has been discarded – has hit mainstream media through a new reality cooking show, “Waste Cooking”. Show director David Gross, after being shocked by the food waste he encountered when he first did a “dumpster dive” in January 2012, felt that more people need to understand the consequences of Austria throwing away around 105,000 tons of…
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:04

Hong Kong’s fight against food waste

11/01/2013 - Food waste is not only a huge problem in Europe and the USA, but a worldwide issue. Hong Kong for an example dumped 3600 tonnes of food was per day in 2011. Although the food wasted per day per person is more or less the same than in Europe (around half a kilo), it is much more than in nearby countries (0.36kg in Singapore, 0.35kg in Taiwan and…
04/01/2013 - From 1st January 2013, Concord has become the first US town to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles. The new law prohibits the sale of PET bottles of 1 liter or less, except in case of emergency affecting the availability and/or quality of drinking water. The first offense results in a warning, the second in a $25 fine, and the third (and each following offense) in…
18/12/2012 - The need for proper nutrition is among the most primal.  Yet in the USA as just one example, one in seven homes and one in five children in the United States are labelled as food insecure. At the same time, food waste is also epidemic.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the United States throws out 40 percent of its food every year. This amounts to $165…
13/12/2012 - In a city which has a reputation for excess, including sumptuous all-you-can-eat buffets, one restaurant in Dubai is trying to promote moderation and reduce food waste by implementing a pay-by-weight model. Customers in the Gramo restaurant can choose from the à la carte service as well as a buffet where the pay-by-weight model is employed. The idea is that, contrary to other all-you-can-eat style restaurants in Dubai, customers…
Friday, 07 December 2012 17:16

‘Stop food waste’ video clip

10/12/2012 - 90 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the EU every year. The European Commission produced a short video clip to engage people to take action against food waste. Watch the video!
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 12:11

The Life+ COR project - Final European Seminar

07/12/2012 - The Life+ COR project (Waste Objective Campaign) of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area is a project cofounded by the European Commission through the Life+ programme. The project will end in December 2012. The objectives of the LIFE+ COR project are the reduction of the waste generated by introducing prevention and reuse action, the achievement of a maximum of material use of the resources contained in waste by enhancing the…
07/12/2012 - The modern consumer economy has a fundamental flaw that promotes unsustainable consumption: the more companies sell, the more they earn. Turntoo, a Dutch company, has been building its business model based on an alternative system in which products are not sold by the producer to the consumer, but remain the property of the producer throughout their lifecycles. The Turntoo model fits into the broader trends of product service…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:23

'Wonky' food feeds 5,000 in event exposing waste

05/12/2012 - During the European Week for Waste Reduction (17-25 November), another huge ‘Feeding the 5000’ event took place in Dublin. This event was initiated in London in 2009, followed by similar events held in Bristol and Paris, and is now being introduced across Europe as a part of a four-year project to tackle food waste in the European Union. In these ‘Feeding the 5000’ events, ‘wonky’ food, misshapen vegetables…