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BMEL awards “Too good for the garbage can!” National Prize for combating food waste

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Berlin, 24 October 2022 - Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir today honored outstanding projects to prevent food waste in Berlin.

Bundesminister für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, Cem Özdemir bei der Verleihung des Bundespreises
Bundesminister für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, Cem Özdemir bei der Verleihung des Bundespreises© BMEL

With the “Too good for the garbage can!” national award, the Federal Ministry honored creative food rescuers with innovative ideas and a pioneering spirit.

They make a valuable contribution to protecting natural resources and the climate.

Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir said:

We want more food to end up where it belongs: on the plate.

In other words: We must ensure that valuable food does not disappear in the garbage can, in the trough or in the tank. In view of the multiple crises we are currently experiencing, this task is more urgent than ever.

The careful use of resources - especially our food - concerns us all: Politics, business and consumers.

A total of around 100 applications were submitted for the national award.

From these, the eight-member jury chaired by Bärbel Dieckmann, former president of Welthungerhilfe, selected 16 projects as finalists.

Background Information

Every year, around eleven million tons of food waste is generated along the entire food supply chain in Germany, six and a half million tons of which is generated in private households alone.

With the National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) puts greater focus not only on private households but also on the primary production, processing, wholesale and retail, and out-of-home catering sectors.

By 2030, the goal is to halve food waste in Germany along the entire food supply chain and to reduce food losses.

(Source: BMEL press Releases)

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