Negotiations regarding the European Union’s food waste policy are likely to continue for two months. It will define whether legally-binding farm-to-fork targets will be introduced to member states, although the Commission and the Council are lobbying for relaxed legislation.
In March 2017, the European Parliament voted to introduce farm-to-fork targets to reduce the EU’s food waste by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030. The decision was largely influenced by a campaign formed by This Is Rubbish, which gained the backing of more than 50 organisations across 18 nations and more than 70,000 signatures.
The parliament enters the negotiations advocating for the food waste reduction targets to become legally binding by 2020, a review which would have to be approved by the Commission. Parliament also wants to establish a “food waste hierarchy” to promote redistribution measures over other uses such as burning for energy.
However, the Council and Commission are pushing for targets that don’t capture the entire value chain of food production and are also baulking from legally-binding proposals.