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EU-States in comparison: concepts for less food in the garbage

20 percent of all food in the EU to be thrown away. The member countries are pursuing different approaches to deal with this waste - a comparison.

Selina Juul has dedicated her life to the fight against food waste.

Denmark is the European leader in the fight against food waste: Within five years, the country could waste his Food by 25 percent. The reason for this is not a law or a government Initiative, however, is. The success is mainly due to a single person: Selina Juul. The 39-Year-old has dedicated her life to the fight against food waste.

First of all, you gave up on Facebook for tips on how you can avoid food waste. From their side, "Spot Spild Af Mad" - "stop wasting Food" - has been a recognized auxiliary organization. One of their biggest successes: she convinced Denmark's largest Discounter chain, actions such as "3 for the price of 2" set. Now a food to be reduced. According to a dealer be thrown away in his Shop today, only ten instead of a hundred bananas a day.

Motivated by the success created many other projects in Denmark, such as the App "Too-Good-To-Go" of a Start-Up company. With the App you can buy excess breads, cakes and a lot of prepared food from bakeries, Restaurants, and Hotels cheaper. The App works now also in Germany.

France has a law against food waste

The goal of Arash Derambarsh is it that food that is wegschmissen in large quantities.

France has a law against food waste. However, the commitment of a single person was for this purpose necessary: Without Arash Derambarsh it would come to this never. The 39-Year-old had come in during his study time itself is a Problem, the rounds. 400 Euro he had available on a monthly basis. More than a proper meal of the day, he had not been able to afford.

Derambarsh tried to make the abuse to the attention of. In 2014, he gathered in the evening in a supermarket in the North of Paris, the leftover food and distributed them to the needy. The media were interested, and so Derambarsh 2015 could an Online Petition launch, which was later to be a law. Since then, it is forbidden to large super markets, officially, still Edible to throw in the trash.

Since 11. February 2016 to donations from French supermarkets from 400 square metres in size, not sold food to voluntary organisations. The penalties, however, are relatively mild. A supermarket keeps it, he must pay a maximum of 3750 Euro fine.

the Czech Republic imposed high penalties

Czech Republic by attacks because harder. Here, too, supermarkets are obliged unsold food to charitable organizations. A supermarket is in breach of the law, should there be, however, up to 390,000 euros.

88 million tons, or the equivalent of 173 kg per Person: So much food is thrown away in the EU in the year.

in Italy there is a law against food waste. Unlike France or the Czech Republic, Italy wants to impose but no penalties. Here there are instead incentives such as tax breaks, to encourage firms to, food not throw it away. In Restaurants, there are campaigns with the aim to encourage the guests, not eaten food from Restaurants. Actually, this is frowned upon in Italy.

German government relies on voluntary

The German government has set itself the objective of halving food waste by 2030, has planned for this, but no concrete measures, let alone a law. Food Minister Julia Klöckner focuses on education: Provided, among other things, to work with companies, associations, countries, and science of concrete measures on a voluntary Basis.

Also, more appropriate portion sizes in Restaurants and canteens should help in less food being thrown in the trash. Especially young people and young families should be made aware of information on the Internet more. Penalties as in other European countries are not planned.

Selina Juul from Denmark is about to then, it was only the States, the need to act, but everyone for themselves. Her appeal: "Look first in Your refrigerator. Eat what you already have. Buy only what you need. Use what you've bought. If you're third, don't cook for five! And love your leftovers!"

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