As research shows every consumer on average throws away 55 kilogrammes (120 pounds) of edibles a year; Germany has launched a drive to halve food waste by 2030.The new strategy would target households, producers, retailers and the restaurant industry to get them to cut down the 11 million tons of food wasted a year.
The new push would aim to help Germany meet UN and EU targets and reduce its climate footprint, said Agriculture and the new research will look to develop “intelligent packaging” that could use a colour gradient to indicate whether food is still edible or past its use-by date.
Consumer Affairs Minister, Julia Kloeckner, stated that every product contains valuable resources: water, energy, raw materials, but also labour, care — and heart and soul.
Companies will be urged to take voluntary measures, such as fine-tuning delivery chains and appropriate portion sizes in restaurants. The opposition Greens party, who have long urged a shift away from industrial-scale toward organic agriculture, criticised the strategy as too little too late.