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The era of meals waste and meals loss within the Estonian meals provide chain

The research examined all levels of the meals provide chain, which included households, catering institutions, meals commerce corporations, the meals business and first manufacturing (agriculture and fish farming). The research estimated the quantity of meals waste and meals loss generated in every provide chain stage and analysed the causes.

Approximately 167 000 tonnes of meals waste are generated in Estonia annually— that’s, 127kg of meals waste per capita per 12 months in Estonia in all the
meals provide chain. Almost half (48%) of the meals waste is generated in households, 19% within the meals business, 14% in major manufacturing, 12% in retail and seven% within the catering sector. Food loss (i.e., edible meals that turns into waste or so-called avoidable meals waste) constitutes half of Estonia’s meals waste (50%) or about 84 000 tonnes per 12 months. The estimated complete worth of meals wasted in the entire meals provide chain is €164 million per 12 months.

For the prevention and discount of meals waste and meals loss, policymakers ought to:

  • create methods and set political targets for meals waste prevention and discount on the state degree;
  • contribute to the additional growth of monitoring and measuring methodologies, particularly accounting of animal by-products;
  • promote meals donation and assist Food Bank and different comparable organisations;
  • enhance motivation to donate meals past the retail sector, notably within the meals business, catering sector, and first manufacturing;
  • promote the prevention and discount of meals waste and assist valorisation alternatives in meals processing industries and the first manufacturing sector;
  • promote and assist the recycling of meals waste (e.g., composting); and
  • assist awareness-raising actions.

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