SavingFood project tackles two main problems: The big amount of food discarded and wasted daily (In Europe this is about 173 kg every year per person) and the contemporary presence of a great quantity of people that live in poor conditions. Especially, food waste has a negative environmental impact by producing a great amount of CH4 and wasting resources useful to produce it: land, water, energy, etc.
SavingFood aims in changing mindsets, attitudes and behaviours towards the food waste, by providing tangible solutions to not only stop food waste but to complement any organised movement or activities for food collection (for saving food) and redistribution via a dedicated online platform. SavingFood has the main objectives: to foster large scale collaboration between food donors and recipient organisations, to make gleaning activities more efficient and scalable, to raise awareness and engage citizens to become part of the suggested food waste solution, to provide motivation and drive changes in lifestyles.
After a successful implementation of our pilots in Greece, Hungary, the UK & Belgium, this report sets out to answer the following key questions:
- What barriers do redistribution organisations face to gaining access to surplus food, processing it, and finding markets for its use?
- With a significant proportion of food waste occurring at pre-retail level, what steps can EU members states take to promote the redistribution of food surpluses at the level of farms and farmers’ markets?
This report presents evidence from four EU Member States: the UK, Greece, Hungary and Belgium. It is not intended as a comprehensive overview of redistribution across the EU, but as a contribution to the discussion of food surplus redistribution which provides a particular focus on an often-overlooked part of the redistribution supply-chain, farm-level surplus.
We provide policy recommendations for EU and Member State policy-makers, businesses and charitable or social enterprise organisations seeking to explore farm and farmers’ market redistribution.