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The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports EU countries' actions to provide material assistance to the most deprived. The Commission approves the national programmes for 2014-2020. This includes food help but also non-material assistance to the most deprived people, such as education, to help them integrate better into society also through reducing food waste and improving household budget management of deprived ones.
In the European Union, a quarter of the population (125 million people) is at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 11% cannot afford a meal with meat, chicken or fish every second day
European Federation of Food Banks
The amount of food wasted in households per capita and year for some of the different European countries is as follows: 110 kg in Great Britain, 108 kg in Italy, 99 kg in France, 82 kg in Germany, 52 in Poland and 72 kg in Sweden. These figures illustrate that any effective strategy to combat food wastage needs to focus on the final consumer as well as other actors in the food system.
Food Waste: Causes, Impacts and Proposals; Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, 2012
Most of wasted food goes to landfills, which emits a big quantity of methane, a greenhouse gas estimated to be 20 times worse for the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (Global Warming Potential by International Panel on Climate Change). Hence reduction of food waste appears to be strictly related to promotion of sustainability.
Global Warming Potential by International Panel on Climate Change
The amount of food waste across EU is around 88 million tons per year.
The amount of food waste across EU is around 88 million tons per year.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that roughly one third of the food produced for human nutrition is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to approximately 1.3 billion tons per year.
THE IRRIGATION water used globally to grow food that is wasted would be enough for the domestic needs (at 200 litres per person per day) of 9 billion people – the number expected on the planet by 2050.
Tristram Stuart 2009, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
THE BREAD and other cereal products thrown away in UK households alone would be enough to lift 30 million of the world’s hungry people out of malnourishment.
Tristram Stuart 2009, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
Every year an additional area as big as Yorkshire is cleared in Brazil and Argentina alone for soy to feed livestock globally. (Karen – The Pig Idea – Feedback)
Tristram Stuart 2009, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
The land needed to grow soy for European pork is as big as Yorkshire, one third of which comes from the Brazilian Amazon.
Tristram Stuart 2009, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
The land needed to grow feed for European pork is as big as Ireland.
Tristram Stuart 2009, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
ALL THE world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.
Tristram Stuart 2009, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
A THIRD of the world’s entire food supply could be saved by reducing waste – or enough to feed 3 billion people; and this would still leave enough surplus for countries to provide their populations with 130 percent of their nutritional requirements.
Tristram Stuart 2009, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal