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EU wastes more food than it imports, says new report

The EU wastes more food than it imports, damaging EU food security amid the cost-of-living crisis, shows a new report from environmental organisation Feedback EU published on 20 September 2022.

In 2021, the EU imported almost 138 million tonnes of agricultural products, costing €150 billion. At the same time, the report «No Time to Waste», based on the most up-to-date sources, estimates that the EU wastes 153.5 million tonnes of food each year. This figure is nearly double previous estimates, due to better availability of data on food wasted on farms. Official EU figures still exclude most on-farm food waste from EU member state measurement and reporting.


Report: No time to waste - Why the EU needs to adopt ambitious legally binding food waste reduction targets (pdf)