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02 April 2019: Presentation "Quantification and actions in food services"

At the Swedish-Brazilian food waste knowledge exchange workshop introduced Mattias Eriksson (SLU) current results of the research on food waste.  The workshop was organized by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and took place in Stockholm. The lecture “Food waste in the hospitality sector” gave an insight why food waste occurs in the hospitality sector and how different actions can decrease the amount of food waste. Eriksson gave different examples from the European project URBAN-WASTE. The latter aims to help develop strategies which target at reducing the amount of municipal waste production as well as strategies to further develop recycling, re-use, collection and disposal of waste. Read more about the project here. The presented result could show how an interplay of different actions e.g. food donations, composting or the tracking of food waste can lead to less food waste in less than five months of implementation.  The lecture also gave an insight on the current status in Swedish municipalities. Research revealed that almost 70% of all Swedish municipalities quantified their food waste in the year 2017 with a tendency to increase further.


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The project AVARE "Adding value in resource effective food systems" is a transnational project of the ERA-Net SUSFOOD2, funded by national funding agencies – Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany, The Research Council of Norway and Formas, The Swedish Research Council – and co-funded by the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.