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In 2021, the Spanish threw 1,246 kilos of food in the garbage

Food on the ground. / File, Archive

In 2021, 1,246 kilos were thrown away, 8.6% less than in 2020

Jose A. Gonzalez

The kitchen of use, so promoted by the grandmothers, continues to open a gap in Spanish houses, although in 13.18 million households (75% of the total) they do not apply it to the letter because “they continue to waste food,” he details. the latest Report on Food Waste in Spain 2021 edited by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. However, the number of food thrown away is reduced compared to 2020, where practically half of the year, the Spanish population was confined by the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.

In the last twelve months, Spaniards spoiled 1,246 kilos/liters of food at home, 8.6% less than the previous year. This follows from the report, where the figure falls below 1,300 kg/l for the first time since 2018. “We are on the right track in reducing food waste,” highlights the minister of the branch, Luis Planas. This means that each Spaniard threw away an average of 28.21 kilos/liters of food in 2021, which is the lowest figure in the last five years and 2.72 kilos/liters less than in 2020.

The report attributes the decrease in waste and the better use of food to a change in habits after the restrictions that occurred in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the consequences of this change in habits is the reduction in the waste of leftover recipes and cooked products, which in 2020 accounted for 23.8% of the food thrown away at home, and in 2021 they have come to represent 18 .9%. On the contrary, the waste of purchased food has grown almost 5 points, going from 76.2% to 81.1%.

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In 2021, the leftovers of cooked fish dishes (50.4% less than in 2020), meat (42.6%) and rice and pasta (35%) decreased significantly.

Law against food waste

The purchased products that are most wasted in homes in 2021 are frozen meats (16.7% of the total), sauces (15.9%), coffee and infusions (12.2%), legumes (12%) and soups, creams and broths (10%).

In addition to this change in habits, the better use of food is also explained by the increase in prices of these as a result of the rise in prices of raw materials and production costs, “which make them value better”, highlights the department of Flat.

These data come just two months after the approval of the law against food waste, which must now pass the corresponding parliamentary procedure. Thus, Spain is the third European country to implement a regulation of this type after France (2014) and Italy (2016).

The articles of the Bill establish that food distributors with a useful area of ​​exhibition and sale to the public greater than 1,300m2 will have the obligation to reach agreements or agreements to donate their food surplus to companies, social initiative entities and others. non-profit organizations or food banks.

In addition, the regulations try to promote good practices from primary producers, in the harvesting and harvesting phase of food, to consumers, either at home or in bars and restaurants, since “food waste occurs throughout throughout all the phases of the chain”, indicates the Government.

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