We had the honor and pleasure to participate in the REFRESH Food Waste 2017 multi-stakeholder Conference in Berlin, which brought together leaders in food waste prevention, reduction and valorisation.
At the Conference of REFRESH (Resource Efficient Food and Drink for the Entire Supply Chain) we were given the opportunity to exchange ideas, suggestions and best practices-with players from all over Europe and not only- on innovative solutions to tackle food waste, as well as to facilitate leftover food donations.
Food waste can be observed at all stages of the food chain from “field to fork”. The estimates of European food waste levels reveal that 70% of EU food waste takes place in households, food service and retailing.
We therefore need cooperation from all parties. We can all help! Extremely important are the synergies between the private and public sectors, civil society, enterprises of the food supply chain, as well as the academic and research community.
Of particular interest were the discussions with representatives of European countries, where partnerships and voluntary agreements have already been reached at national levels. Our goal is to create a national alliance in Greece to reduce food waste, which will bring together and will unite all forces who want to contribute in combating the phenomenon.
The Conference was followed by a “Disco Soup”. Participants helped prepare the evening meal, saving vegetables and fruits that would otherwise go to waste!