Food waste

To reduce the amount of food waste in Germany significantly is one aim of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It has the objective to reach as many consumers as possible and reduce food waste with joint effort and a national strategy along the entire chain.

The BMEL fights food waste in a multitude of ways. The aim is to raise awareness and increase the appreciation of food along the entire chain, ranging from farming and processing all the way to the retail sector, the restaurant and catering sector, and consumers. If we are aware of the value of our food and of the consumption of resources that is necessary to produce the food, then we will not throw away food carelessly.

Food in a bin
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Overview of topics

National Strategy for Food Waste Reduction

In early 2019, the Federal Cabinet adopted the National Strategy for Food Waste Reduction, which had been presented by Federal Minister Julia Klöckner.


Too good for the bin - an initiative of the Federal Government to avoid food waste

Many precious foodstuffs end up in the bin. Private households throw away about 6.1 million tons of food per year. That's about 75 kilos of food waste per person. Much of it is preventable. These are the findings of a study published by the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut in February 2019 (baseline 2015).


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