In purely mathematical terms, all food produced in the year through May 2 is discarded. What can you do about this?
According to estimates by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, about 12 million tons of food are discarded each year, which is about a third of total food production.
Lidl’s opponent has received a new offer since the beginning of May: the so-called “rescue bag”. For three euros you can have fruits and vegetables that are less perfect on the outside, but still edible, in a ready-made bag, and goods that are close to a better date before (BBD) are discounted. However, it will be summer before the bag is available in every branch. According to the company, Lidl wants to contribute to reducing food waste. But other discount discounters also offer discounts on items that aren’t ideal in their eyes. Many supermarkets also offer discounts on groceries shortly before the best time.
The idea of a “rescue bag” is not new. Many grocers have been fighting waste this way for years. For example, in some bakeries, bread and rolls from the day before are offered at a lower price, often only half the price. Other supermarkets also offer such bags.
There are also apps like “too good to work”. Companies have been offering surprise bags here for a long time. Bakeries, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants can register. They provide groceries or leftovers at a fixed price. Customers can order via the app and receive their purchases at a specific time.
The National Action Week to Fight Food Waste is now underway. But how much food is thrown away? And what can one do about it?
Are the panels the sufferers?
Most people would agree that saving food from throwing away and buying foods that may not seem perfect is a good idea. But it also has consequences for the country’s banks.
“Current food donations are actually not enough to provide for everyone in need,” says Sibel Becker-Benrich, deputy managing director of the Bad Kreuznach food bank. Logistics has become more complex, as the trade has reduced groceries just before the sale date ends, meaning there is less and less left for the table.” Trade to try to produce less food waste.
Avoid waste at the product level
The alternative to Tafel is to work with entrepreneurs at the product level. “If there are, say, ten pallets of yogurt that cannot be sold because it has been in the warehouse for too long, we take them out,” says Sabine Altmaier-Baumann, head of food banks in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. , describing the approach. However, it was damaged by the sale of rescue bags. “Everything that is packaged and sold now in salvage bags does not make it to the Tafel.”
Sharing food in Mainz
Another initiative to keep still edible food from being thrown away is sharing food. In Mainz, among others, there are eight so-called fair breaks in different parts of the city. In publicly accessible lockers, people can store food that is no longer needed but is still edible. Others can then buy groceries there.
In a statement, German Environmental Aid (DUH) called for more accurate registration of waste and legal regulations in order to protect soil, nature and climate as well. Saving food from throwing up is a good idea. Before you go shopping, think about what you need, buy groceries at a discount or use apps – all this helps reduce the amount of waste. And if you want to support the Tafel, you can also do so financially.