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Food Policies to Tackle Food Waste: A Classification

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Food waste definitely represents a threat for the sustainability of our food systems. Recently governments are starting to be aware of it and are implementing promising food policies. Indeed, in this chapter we will seek to highlight the most relevant international policies put forward to curb the phenomenon and to classify them, according to the most effective food policy measures.


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  • Policy measures
  • Sustainable food systems

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Appendix—Main Policies Against Food Waste: The Final Classification

Appendix—Main Policies Against Food Waste: The Final Classification

COUNTRY Target population Policy name/Promoter Year Information based Market based Regulatory Voluntary agreements Nudging
EU All European Parliament voted to introduce farm-to-fork targets to reduce EU food waste 2017    X   
Belgium All Bruxelles Environment Agency began anti-waste training workshops 2009      X
Denmark All “Denmark without waste” 2016    X   
Finland All “Towards a recycling society—The national waste plan for 2016” 2016    X   
France All The ADEME created an information campaign in 2005 with the goal of informing citizens about food waste 2005 X     
France Consumer Grenelle II 2016    X   X
France Retailers/Food banks/Not-for-profit “Lutte contre le gaspillage alimentaire” 2016    X   
Germany All Too good for the bin 2012    X   
Greece All National waste prevention strategic plan 2016    X   
Ireland All SI 508 2009    X   
Italy All Law 19 August 2016, n. 166  2016   X    X
Malta All Waste Management Plan for the Maltese Islands 2014–2020 2014    X   
Norway All Agreement to reduce food waste 2017     X  
Netherlands Food companies No waste network 2013     X  
Portugal All Portugal creates commission to tackle food waste 2017 X     
UK All Courtauld commitment 2005     X  
Sweden Distribution companies Reducing food waste through social innovation—National strategy on food waste prevention 2016     X  
USA All The federal bill emerson good samaritan food donation act 1996      X
USA All US food waste challenge and food recovery challenge 2013     X  
USA Food banks/Not-for-profit consumer U.S. 2030 food loss and waste reduction goal 2015      X
Brazil All Save food brazil: brazil wastes 41 tonnes of food a year 2016 X    X  
Canada All National food waste reduction strategy 2017   X   X X
Australia All Working together to reduce food waste in Australia 2016      
China Consumer Clean your plate 2013 X     X
Hong kong All Food waste free for a better environment 2017      
Hong kong All Blueprint for sustainable use of resources 2013–2022 2014    X   
Israel Food companies Jewish state’s agriculture ministry program 2017   X    
Russia All “Guidelines for the calculation of regulated tariffs in the treatment of municipal solid waste management 2017    X   
Singapore Youths Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) 2017      X
Latin america/Carribean All Save food 2017 X     

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Principato, L. (2018). Food Policies to Tackle Food Waste: A Classification. In: Food Waste at Consumer Level. SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science. Springer, Cham.

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