Germany’s Agricultural and Food Minister Julia Klöckner has set a goal of reducing food waste by half by the year 2030.
Her ministry is investing 1.5 million euros in an online platform called Eco intended to make it easier for supermarkets to donate food to soup kitchens and other charitable institutions. It is hoped that more than 40 percent of food currently thrown away can be “saved” before it is disposed of.
The German government is also a pushing a public-education campaign aimed at reducing the amount of food thrown away. It’s targeted at restaurants and wholesalers and retailers.
According to the latest data, some 11.86 million tons of food, or 75 kilos per person, was thrown away in Germany in 2015. Of that waste, around 6.7 tons were theoretically avoidable.