Finland eats 360 million kg of edible food annually

<1> <2> <3> <4> <5> <6> In households, vegetables and fruits most often end up in the trash can. Many baked goods also go to trash in stores. <7> <8> According to a study by the Luke Natural Resources Center, about 640 million kilograms of food waste is generated in Finland every year, of which about 360 million is food waste. <9> < 10> Grocery waste includes food and parts that are not used for human or animal consumption. Non-edible parts include fruit peels, bones, and coffee grounds, for example. The initially edible food that ends up in the garbage can is called food waste. <11> <12> Households generate 295 million kilograms of food waste per year, or 40 percent of the total. Of these, food waste is about 107-137 million kilograms. <13><14> In households, vegetables most often end up in the trash can, in particular, root crops and potatoes, as well as fruits. This is followed by unfinished coffee. Many baked goods also go to trash in stores. <15> <16> The second largest source of bio-waste is the food industry, which generates about 23 percent of both food and food waste. <17> <18> Foodservice generates 12 percent of food waste and 17 percent of food waste. <19> <20> Stores account for 9 percent of food waste and 16 percent of food waste. Stores throw out a lot of baked goods, vegetables and fruits. <21> <22> <23> <24> <25> <26> <27> <28> <29><30> <31> The amount of waste needs to be halved <32 > <33> According to the UN Sustainable Development Plan, food waste in households and retail trade needs to be halved by 2030, as well as overall waste that is generated in all parts of the food system. <34><35> The European Commission, for its part, sets a goal of halving food waste. The European Commission obliges member states to record and report the amount of bio-waste. <36> <37> A three-year project of the Natural Resources Center established a national food and food waste monitoring system. <38>

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