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Boylan welcomes the adoption of the Food Waste Report in the European Parliament

18 May, 2017 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the adoption of the Food Waste Report in the European Parliament which calls for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030 at a time when almost 10% of families are facing food poverty.

Speaking from Strasbourg, the Dublin MEP said:

“30% of all the food we purchase currently goes to landfill.  That equates to approximately 360 bags of sugar in weight per person per year.  The European Parliament has been calling for some time for the EU Commission to act on the matter and has now called for a 50% reduction by 2030.

“In particular, I am happy to see a call for review of food labelling.  The report highlights the confusion over ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates and calls for this system to be revaluated.

“The report also highlights that, despite such shocking food wastage, almost 10% of families are facing food poverty. While calling for mechanisms to make food donation by retailers easier, I also welcome that it emphasises that Food Banks are not a solution to poverty and calls on the EU to do more to address social inequalities.” 

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