Rethink • Reduce • Reuse... How to make it Greener
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Designed for the HORECA sector
Food-waste prevention at your fingertip
Learn new green skills from best practices
Browse our 5 modules to become a greener
Share new ideas with experts from the HORECA sector
Discover sustainable recipes from across Europe
VET LOVES FOOD
VET LOVES FOOD is a new European Project mainly addressed to VET teachers, trainers, students and schools. It intends to develop green skills in the agro-food curricula of VET educational pathways and to raise awareness in this sector on food-wasting prevention.
Developing green skills competencies regarding food-waste prevention in the hostelry and VET centers
Think about what you are buying and if you really need it
Reduce the amount of energy you use
Find an alternative use for things you throw away
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
what do you do to prevent waste?
Join our community ... discover our partners!
Spanish Confederation of Vocational and Education Centers
Centros Escolares de Ensino Profissional L.D.A.
Holding Hostelería – Escuela Superior de Hostelería de Bilbao
ENAIP Veneto Impresa Sociale
Business and start-up accelerator
LEARNINGDIGITAL - Digital competence center
Association Européenne pour la Formation Professionelle
Frequently asked questions
In the EU, nearly 59 million tonnes of food waste (131 kg/inhabitant) are generated annually with an associated market value estimated at 132 billion euros (Eurostat, 2022). Eurostat roughly estimates that around 10% of food made available to EU consumers (at retail, food services and households) may be wasted. At the same time, some 32.6 million people cannot afford a quality meal every second day (Eurostat, 2021).
Globally, approximately a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted (FAO, 2011). FAO’s Food Loss Index (FLI) estimates that globally, around 14 percent of all food produced is lost from the post-harvest stage up to, but excluding, the retail stage (FAO, 2019).
According to the UNEP Food Waste Index 2021, around 931 million tonnes of food waste were generated in 2019 – 61% of which came from households, 26% from food service and 13% from retail – suggesting that 17% of global food production may be wasted at these stages of the food supply chain. Similarly, in the EU, households generate more than half of the total food waste (53%) in the EU with 69% of food waste arising at household, food service and retail (Eurostat, 2022).
Wasting food is not only an ethical and economic issue but it also depletes the environment of limited natural resources. The EU is committed to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030, and reduce food losses along the food production and supply chains. By reducing food losses and waste to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals, we can also:
support the fight against climate change (Food waste has a huge environmental impact, accounting for about 7% of total EU Greenhouse Gas emissions (associated to the EU’s overall consumption footprint)
save nutritious food for redistribution to those in need, helping to eradicate hunger and malnutrition