Under a new EU regulatioin on food waste 34% of wasted food will not be regarded as food waste. The new regulation requires member states to report their tonnage of food waste. That is not a bad thing, a 60% reduction in food waste by 2030 could save 84.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year and reduce Europe’s burden of land-use by an area greater than Croatia.
However waste that occurs on the farm is to be excluded. Most of this waste is the result of corporations who reject ‘ugly food’, cancel contracts, impose sudden price reductions, etc., or it is the failing of the Common Agricultural Policy that has encouraged over-production. By excluding this waste Brussels and their corporate lobbyists avoid responsibility for the problem they have created. All too convenient!