Set an example against food waste with food sharing

Foodsharing works against food waste

In Germany alone, 18 million tons of food end up in the garbage every year, 10 million of which are avoidable. In most households, vegetables, fruit and baked goods in particular end up in the garbage can. But even before the purchase, 108 kilograms of food are lost per consumer in the production chain. It starts in agriculture and continues through processing to retail and wholesale. Here, purely aesthetic reasons often play a role: Pressure points or discoloration lead to rejections in the supermarkets, crooked vegetables is not even delivered to the trade.

Food waste is an ecological disaster

This food destruction is a disaster in many ways. The environmental impact is enormous, because for every food we throw away, an amount of water has been used. This amount of water is twice what we need for washing and drinking. So food waste contributes more to climate change than traffic. Halving it alone would save as many greenhouse gases as if every second car stopped driving!

In addition, the topic has an incredible social explosiveness. Because while around 1,3 billion edible foods are being disposed of worldwide, two billion people are simultaneously suffering from hunger. In purely mathematical terms, half of the food wasted in Europe, the USA and Canada could not fill all hungry people just once, but three times!

Lack of social appreciation for food

The main causes of food waste are the low prices and the low esteem that is now shown towards food. Our consumer society, which is largely shaped by mass production, makes this possible. And the supposedly low prices end up being expensive: an average of around 235 euros in food per person and year ends up in the garbage can.

Foodsharing works against food waste

Food sharing sets an example against food waste

Food sharing is a nationwide initiative that campaigns against food waste and is committed. It was founded in 2012 in Berlin. In the meantime, the initiative has grown into an international movement and is also increasingly involved in educational policy.

So-called food savers save unwanted or overproduced food in private households and businesses. In addition to private households and small businesses such as bakeries or cafés, more and more supermarkets are also taking part. More than 6.000 businesses are now part of food sharing, and over 65.000 food savers have successfully saved thousands of tons of food from the bin in the past.

Anyone who wants to can become a food saver with food sharing

The nice thing is that anyone who also wants to campaign for the throw-away food ban can easily register on the platform and thus become a food saver. All you have to do is take a little quiz. Participation is and remains free of charge. After passing the quiz, you can then network with other food savers, coordinate actions in the individual cities and regions and start saving food from the garbage can.

The food that you cannot use yourself can then be passed on to other food savers via so-called fair dividers or donated to social institutions. This ensures that the excess food is actually used and that the saved food does not even end up in the bin afterwards.

You can find more information on the Foodsharing initiative here

Click here you can become active yourself as a food saver in your region or city

You can find more studies on the problem of food destruction in the "Larder" collection of materials from foodsharing (for download)

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