There is something new going on in the food waste problematic and I am convinced that you should know about it. Tatadadáááá (cheerful music), supermarkets have to donate their extra food to the food banks!
What does it mean?
The stores bigger than 400 m2 have to donate food which is still edible but not possible to sell to the food banks. Lately the food can be distributed to the people in need and the circle is closed. No waste = no hunger.
Waite, is it really going to work so nicely without any troubles and without any waste? Maybe… the number of supermarkets which is belonging to the area of one food bank is huge. It is so large that the food banks collect donated food through their own funds are not capable to do it. That is pretty sad… moreover, the food bank staff have to go trough all the food and record it. Additionally, with increasing amount of donated food is also growing danger of food wasted by the food banks themselves.
What if there is altogether wasted so much food that whoever in need or with short budget doesn’t have to buy any food… Does it sound crazy? No, there is more truth behind this statement than it looks like.
- 30% of the food is globally wasted.
- Most of the food waste comes from rich countries (that counts also for The Czech Republic).
- The food wasted in North America and Europe together would feed all the hungry people in the world three times.
Clearly, there is so much food wasted in Europe that people in need could have even troubles to eat it. The food waste doesn’t count only for the supermarkets, it concludes also producers, transport, processing, restaurants and above all households.
I cannot wait what will happened lately and if donations will work.
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