According to the organization WWF Spain, food waste is responsible for 15% of the emissions linked to the food chain.

Food waste is responsible for the 15% of greenhouse gas emissions linked to the food chain and represents a cost for the European economy of 143 billion euros a year, as denounced this Monday by the conservation organization WWF Spain.

WWF proposes in a new report on sustainable food, recommendations to achieve a change in food policy and cut “this waste in half in the European Union”, on the occasion of the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste that is celebrated every September 29.

It is estimated that a third of all food produced is wasted and waste is “one of the biggest problems of the unsustainable prevailing food system,” the entity has warned in a statement.

According to WWF, every year they are wasted 88 million tonnes of food in the European UnionHowever, 112 million people in this region lived in 2017 at risk of poverty or social exclusion, and 5.8 million in circumstances of severe deprivation, without access to adequate food or healthy diets.

Biodiversity loss

The organization denounces that this waste is also “one of the main indirect causes of loss of biodiversity” since producing each food requires “A footprint of water, soil and energy”.

In the case of not wasting a third of the food worldwide, it needs, “We would avoid wasting 250 billion liters of water per year”, which is equivalent to the consumption of drinking water for the next 30 years of 7.6 billion people.


Remember that the next few years “will be crucial” in order to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030. cut food waste in half and food losses in production and supply chains.

For the head of the WWF Spain food program, Celsa Peiteado, five years after the SDGs were signed, the goal of curbing food waste “Keep moving slowly”, and Spain must update the state strategy to reduce food waste, with “ambitious and measurable” objectives.