Challenges

Together against food waste

1/3 of all food produced worldwide is thrown away!
At the same time, however, nearly 1 billion people in the world still go hungry. With these facts in mind, it seems obvious that we must act.
Food wastage is clearly a moral issue. However, we also need to consider its ecological impact!

Food waste also means that almost 1/3 of all usable land surface area is cultivated in vain, not to mention the enormous quantities of water being wasted. To put a figure on this: that's 250 cubic kilometres (of water) a year, which is 3 times Lake Geneva.

In terms of CO2 emissions, it doesn't look any better: 3.3 gigatons, which represents 80% of China’s annual CO2 emissions!
These figures, published by the FAO, cannot be easily ignored. Especially knowing that the world population is constantly growing and will reach 9 billion people by 2050. The challenge is to see how we can feed everyone and at the same time use our natural resources responsibly so as to not further burden future generations.

Where does food waste occur?

Haushalt
42%
go to waste in households because often too much food is bought or badly stored, the use by or best before dates are misinterpreted and leftovers are not reused.
Verarbeschtung
39%
are lost in production owing to overproduction,damaged or deformed products and unused by-products.
Restaurant
14%
are lost in catering owing to oversized portions (you often have no choice as to how much you get) and because customers do not take leftovers home.
Liewensmëttel Geschäft
5%
are lost in retail owing to aesthetic standards, packaging defects and excessive stocks.
Besides the financial and ecological dimension, each individual also has an ethical obligation to address the problem of food waste. The challenge is to see how we can feed everyone and at the same time use our natural resources responsibly so as to not further burden future generations.
We, as the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development, have therefore decided to make food waste the focus of the October 16th 2016 World Hunger Day, thus coinciding with the launch of our broad awareness-raising campaign "Together against food waste".
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