Food Waste at Home & Ways to Address It

International conference

April 10, 2018


Conference Venue: Gedimino prospektas 30 (4th floor), The Ministry of Justice.

Duration: 12-5 p.m.

"In Europe, about 100 million tonnes of food are wasted annually. Which of the following actors do you think have a role to play in preventing food waste?" - Eurobarometer asked in 2015. "Consumers, people like you" - this answer was chosen by 52 % of Bulgarians, 82 % of Germans, 62 % of Estonians, 65 % of Croatians, 66 % of Greeks, 61 % of Latvians, 44 % of Lithuanians, 86 % of Dutch, 67 % of Romanians, 88 % of Swedes. Optimism regarding people's role appears to be very unevenly distributed among EU member states.

The present conference, being part of a food waste awareness raising project* by 6 European countries - Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania - is intended to gather researchers and activists from both less and more optimistic countries in the least optimistic country to provide an opportunity for them to share their experiences of tackling food waste and show inspiring examples of successful campaigning that resulted in greater public awareness and reduction of the waste.

European Commissioner in charge of food safety and public health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, and DG SANTE expert on food waste Alexandra Nikolakopoulou (tbc) will update our conference on EU-level actions concerning food wastage.

Dr Sophie Hieke, Head of Consumer Science at European Food Information Council (EUFIC), will present a project entitled "Don't be a food waster" which deals with consumer behaviour towards food waste. She will talk about the first findings from a recent empirical research into consumer attitudes and behaviour towards food.

Lisanne van Geffen, doctoral student at Wageningen University (the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme 'healthy food and living environment'), will address determinants of household food waste, based on a survey held across 4 EU countries; she will also present insights on the factors influencing consumer awareness: it turns out that the awareness of consequences does not significantly affect household food waste, whereas perceptions of how much others waste have a big impact, which has important implications for anti-food waste campaigns. The research is part of the EU project REFRESH.

Ingela Morfeldt, project manager at Malmö Municipality (Sweden), will inspire us with an example of award winning communication campaign: "Tack för maten" (Loved the food. Thanks) was anti-food waste campaign that won the prestigious ISWA award for the world's best communication campaign in 2014.

(To be updated.)

* The conference "Food Waste at Home & Ways to Address It" is part of the project "Global learning approach to food waste in non-formal education" (2017-2020) which is partly supported by the European Commission. The project aims to fill the gap of awareness of and poor educational base for global interlinkages of food waste in the 6 countries; increase knowledge on how the food waste is globally related to climate change; raise target groups' awareness on interdependencies between developing and developed countries regarding food production and consumption; and promote food waste avoidance skills/alter consumption patterns in households.

Some 122 trainings in working places as well 90 other trainings, multipliers skill-building workshops and 110 events featuring Food Labs („Cook your way to global understanding") will take place in 6 countries during the period of project implementation.

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