Political demands against food loss and waste

Press Release Foodsharing Luxembourg, 21st March 2023

On the occasion of this year’s national elections and the urgent nature of the climate crisis, Foodsharing Luxembourg a.s.b.l. publishes demands on Luxembourg’s policy to combat food loss and waste.

“Around a third of all food produced worldwide is not eaten! [1]” says Michelle Kleyr, co-founder of Foodsharing Luxembourg, “The resources it contains, such as working hours, water, transport, etc., are also wasted.” This has devastating effects on the environment and climate. Daniel Waxweiler, co-founder of the association, explains: “According to the IPCC report of 2019, between 2010 and 2016 alone, food loss and waste were responsible for 8 to 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions.”

Michelle Kleyr points to the striking national situation: “In Luxembourg, according to the latest Eurostat figures, this corresponds to an average of 147 kg per person per year.[2] Two-thirds of these are generated at home, well above the already high EU average of 127 kg.” There are effective solutions along the value chain, many of which could be implemented relatively easily by politicians. Other EU countries, such as France, Italy, Romania, Spain and the Czech Republic, have already introduced legal measures against this. Daniel Waxweiler emphasises: “We urgently need an improved legal situation against food loss and waste in Luxembourg!”

Our 9 demands were published on our website in February and sent to environment and agriculture ministries as well as to all parties.

Several Luxembourg organisations have already expressed their public support for our demands. The list is constantly updated on our website.

[1] United Nations on food loss and waste: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-food-waste-day
[2] IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land, August 2019, Chapter 5: https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/4/2019/11/08_Chapter-5.pdf 
[3] EU food loss and waste figures 2020 published by Eurostat, 2022: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-eurostat-news/-/ddn-20220925-2 

End of the Distribution Days project

We have some not so good news. Foodsharing Luxembourg on the 31st January 2023 made the hard decision that the Distribution Days will cease to operate. 

The Distribution Days project faced internal problems and according to EU legislation are classified as a ‘business’, which meant they needed to comply with food standard regulations, which were difficult for a voluntary-run association.

The Distribution Days lead people to believe the whole of Foodsharing Luxembourg is a charity. Our main focus is the environmental aspect of food loss and waste, and we don’t want to compete with the many established charities providing professional support. We understand this perception during these difficult times, however this was never our goal. Our long-term aim is to have laws tackling food loss and food waste, so that the amounts of food that are thrown away are dramatically reduced.

Also, the Distribution Days were not in line with their goal of distributing large quantities any more. The main reason is that some businesses have now dramatically reduced their quantities, so this food could easily be shared between Foodsavers. We as an association are happy about this reduction in food waste! 

We recognise the huge contribution of the Distribution Days. There has been a lot of energy, passion and time put into them. We would like to thank everyone helping out at or coming to Distribution Days for their contribution to our vision to make sure that “all edible foods in Luxembourg are consumed”!

Our Foodsaving project will take over picking up and redistributing the food designated for the Distribution Days. If you want to join us as a Foodsaver, register. Our next information sessions will be announced in the upcoming weeks and are open for everybody interested to become active in Foodsharing Luxembourg.

Foodsharing Point inauguration

Covered Foodsharing Point at Naturwelten with representatives
Covered Foodsharing Point at Naturwelten with Lucien Reger, Naturwelten, Daniel Waxweiler, Foodsharing Luxembourg, Franz Fayot, Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, et Gilles Dacheux, Frères des Hommes Luxembourg (better resolution) (by Eunice Sánchez González)

Today, the first public fridge, also known as Foodsharing Point, has been inaugurated in front of the shop Naturwelten, rue Auguste Charles 7, Bonnevoie, Luxembourg City. Co-funded by the Ministery for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action and Frères des Hommes Luxembourg in the framework of Education for Sustainable Development, the project consists of the provision of a publicly accessible fridge that serves as a food exchange point for private individuals. In fact, private households are responsible for 75% of food waste, for around 89 kg per person per year. This project starts here and is accessible for everybody around the clock.

Uncovered Foodsharing Point at Naturwelten
Uncovered Foodsharing Point at Naturwelten (better resolution) (by Eunice Sánchez González)

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