Young people get groceries from a ton

The federal government wants to legalize so-called containers.

(Photo: imago images/Sabine Gudath)

Basically, we should all be ashamed: it can’t seriously be considered a contribution to preventing food waste when people climb into retail bins and search for food there. Ultimately, this is nothing more than an acknowledgment that something is fundamentally wrong with the way we deal with food.

The numbers are terrifying. According to current estimates by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Germany still almost eleven million tons Food per year in the trash. Even considering that some of it is inedible shells, bones, or coffee grounds, that’s an accusation.

There is apparently a lack of real appreciation for food, even the consumer. Because the vast majority of food waste, that is, 60 percent, is generated in private households. Retail is only responsible for seven percent of food waste.

The fact that, until now, retailers have been working more systematically to prevent food waste shows just how futile a discussion about legalizing packaging is. Public pressure helped, of course.

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But today there isn’t a retailer that doesn’t donate to the food bank or offer food at a lower price just before it expires. You can make more here, too, but end up with a lot less food in the bins.

Hysterical discussion about gaps in supermarket shelves

The basic problem: a large part of the population expects food to be cheap and available at all times. The hysterical discussion about gaps in supermarket shelves has once again clearly demonstrated this. Complaints about the lack of yeast or less variety in the choice of pasta were so strong that it seemed that famine was imminent.

The result: Much of the food hoarded during the corona crisis is likely to have ended up in the trash, either because it wasn’t really needed, or because it had expired at some point. The fact that the prices of many foods are rising now can have the useful side effect of encouraging people to be more careful about what they buy.

Because as long as it is not central to the conscience of all citizens that food scraps are not left in the first place and that edible products are not thrown away, as long as not everyone understands that food whose best-before date has expired does not automatically have to be discarded, the problem will not be solved to leave it. Politicians should lead this discussion, not those for the legalization of containers.

More: Retailers oppose legalizing packaging

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