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An EU Food Waste consultation started in July. It's happening until 01.10.2013. Here's the PDF: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/pdf/Questionnaire_food.pdf And here's the actual form: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=susfood As trashwiki contributors we have a lot of knowledge and ideas about this. So let's work on a collective Trashwiki submission.


How?

guaka (talk) pasted the pdf into this page. We can start filling in parts of it and discuss things where needed.

  • You can add yourself to participants
  • And start editing this page where fit (i.e. edit the answers, not the questions)

Deadline: October 1st 2013

guaka (talk) will fill in the form on the website once we have "all answers" with some form of consensus.

Participants

  • guaka (talk) 10:00, 16 July 2013 (CEST)
  • add yourself


The Form

Sustainability of the Food System - Public Consultation
The aim of this consultation is to identify and assess policies and initiatives that could help make the production and consumption of food more sustainable. Please read the associated web-page before responding to the questionnaire. Only a few of the questions are compulsory so please feel free to answer only those relevant to you. The consultation will remain open until the 1 October 2013.
Please note: once you start filling in this questionnaire, the maximum time allowed by the system to complete it is 90 minutes. Partial responses will not be saved. It is therefore a good idea to download the full questionnaire as a PDF and prepare your answers in advance. (it can be found on the consultation page here)
Thank-you very much for taking the time to help with this consultation.
Questions marked with an asterisk * require an answer to be given.

1. Information about yourself / your organisation

Your full name: Kasper Souren
Your contact email address I am replying as a.....*

International body? or Other?

Please give the name of your association/organisation/authority etc. (if appropriate) 
If you are providing a response on behalf of an organisation, please give the name here.

Trashwiki.org

Country (or countries) of you or your organisation 
If you are representing a association, please specify the countries represented by the membership

AT - Austria BE - Belgium CY - Cyprus CZ - Czech Republic DE - Germany DK - Denmark EE - Estonia EL - Greece ES - Spain FI - Finland FR - France HU - Hungary IE - Ireland IT - Italy LT - Lithuania LU - Luxembourg LV - Latvia MT - Malta NL - Netherlands PL - Poland PT - Portugal SE - Sweden SI - Slovenia SK - Slovakia UK - United Kingdom BG - Bulgaria RO - Romania other Please specify 

All of the above?


How would you prefer your contribution to be published on the Commission website? *

Under the name indicated (I consent to publication of all information in my contribution and I declare that none of it is under copyright restrictions that prevent publication)


How well informed are you about the sustainable production and consumption of food? 

Very well informed

2. Defining Sustainable Food

There are many different definitions of 'sustainable food', and this issue often emerges as an important starting point for discussion. What do you or your organisation think ?

Do you / your organisation think it is important to have an agreed definition of sustainable food?  Yes No

Do you / does your organisation use a specific definition or specific criteria to guide your work?  Yes No What is the definition you use? 

Which of the following issues do you think should be considered as falling within the scope of a strategy on the sustainability of the food system?  (You may select more than one)

Climate change Biodiversity and natural habitats Water scarcity Toxic emission to air and water (nitrogen / phosphorus) Soil degradation Food security (which means a combination of 'food availability' - having available sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis, and 'food access' - having sufficient resources, both economic and physical, to obtain the appropriate foods for a nutritious diet.) Food price stability / impact of excessive food price volatility Employment Economic growth Competitiveness of the EU food sector Obesity and related chronic diseases prevention Malnutrition and under-nutrition Animal welfare Fair trade Other

 Please specify If you have any further comments to add on the subject of defining 'sustainable' in relation to food sustainability, please do so here. 

3. Moving towards a more sustainable food system - identifying and assessing policy

options

The Commission has identified a number of potential actions that could be targeted for improving the sustainability of the food system. The aim of this consultation is to seek you views on how and why these actions might be prioritised and who would be best placed to take them forward. You will also be given the opportunity to propose other actions, and explain how your preferred options could be implemented.
The actions fall into the following categories:
3.1 Better technical knowledge on the environmental impacts of food;
3.2 Stimulating sustainable food production;
3.3 Promoting sustainable food consumption;
3.4 Reducing food waste and losses;
3.5 Improving food policy coherence.

3.1. Better technical knowledge on the environmental impacts of food products

How effective do you think the following actions could be in improving our technical knowledge of the environmental impacts of food products?

a: Very b: Fairly c: Not particularly d: Not at all e: Don't know a b c d e

a. Develop a standardised methodology for measuring the environmental impacts of food products.

A

b. Make data on the environmental impacts of food more transparent and accessible.

A

c. Develop technical guidance on how to identify more sustainable food products

B

d. Develop sustainability criteria for specific food products.

B

e. Quantify in economic terms, the environmental and social costs associated with food products or diets (i.e. any hidden costs or 'externalities')

A

Do you have any other proposals for actions aimed at improving our technical knowledge on food products? If so, please specify here. Do you think that any specific food product categories should be prioritised for action? If so, please specify the product group and explain why this should be seen as a priorty.  At what level do you think these actions would be best taken forward?

a: Global b: EU c: National d: Local e: Action not needed

a. Develop a standardised methodology for measuring the environmental impacts of food products.

A, B, C, D

b. Make data on the environmental impacts of food more transparent and accessible.

A, B, C, D

c. Develop technical guidance on how to identify more sustainable food products

A, B, C, D

d. Develop sustainability criteria for specific food products.

A, B, C, D

e. Quantify in economic terms, the environmental and social costs associated with food products or diets.For any other actions you have suggested, at what level do you think they would be best taken forward? (Global / EU / National / Local)

A, B, C, D


Please give any further details of how you would implement your preferred action/s. 
Which out of these actions (inculding any of your suggestions) would you give the highest priority for the European Commission to take forward, and why? 
Do you have any quantative information concerning the benefits and costs of implementing these actions? If so, please give details here. (You may include links or upload relevant documents if you wish.) 

3.2. Stimulating sustainable food productionIn terms of stimulating more sustainable food production, how effective could it be to undertake actions to promote/support the following?

a: Very b: Fairly c: Not particularly d: Not at all e: Don't know a b c d e a. Regional, wholesale markets. b. Seasonally produced food. c. Diversification of cultivated species. d. Productive, intensive agriculture. e. Extensive, integrated agriculture. f. Organic production. g. Sustainable sourcing of key food commodities. h. Higher animal welfare standards. Do you have any other proposals for actions aimed at helping to make food production more sustainable? If so, please specify here. At what level do you think these actions would be best taken forward? a: Global b: EU c: National d: Local e: Producer f: Retailer g: Action not needed

a b c d e f g a. Regional, wholesale markets. b. Seasonally produced food. c. Diversification of cultivated species. d. Productive, intensive agriculture. e. Extensive, integrated agriculture. f. Organic production. g. Sustainable sourcing of key food commodities. h. Higher animal welfare standards. For any other actions you have suggested, at what level do you think they would be best taken forward? (Global / EU / National / Local / Retailer / Producer)Please give any further details of how you would implement your preferred action/s  Which out of these actions (inculding any of your suggestions) would you give the highest priority for the European Commission to take forward, and why?  Do you have any quantative information concerning the benefits and costs of implementing these actions? If so, please give details here. You may include links or upload relevant documents. 

3.3. Promoting sustainable food consumptionIn your view, how effective could the following actions be in promoting sustainable food consumption?

a: very b: Fairly c: Not particularly d: Not at all e: Don't know a b c d e a. Agreeing a common set of guideling principles of what constitutes 'sustainable' diet. b. Develop ideas for food labelling schemes and/or on-package information highlighting more sustainable choices. c. Run information campaigns on the environmental impacts of different food choices. d. Promote more sustainable food choices in retail outlets by increasing their availability/accessibility. e. Assess the scope for using personal technology for accessing information, e.g. smart phone apps, bar code readers, etc f. Develop and encourage the use of Green Public Procurement guidelines, to help public bodies (or private organisations) purchase food sustainably. Do you have any other proposals for actions aimed at helping to promoting sustainable food consumption? If so, please specify here. At what level do you think these actions would be best taken forward? a: Global b: EU c: National d: Local e: Producer f: Retailer g: Action not needed a b c d e f g a. Agreeing a common set of guiding principles of what constitutes 'sustainable' diet. b. Develop ideas for food labelling schemes and/or on-package information highlighting more sustainable choices. c. Run information campaigns on the environmental impacts of different food choices. d. Promote more sustainable food choices in retail outlets by increasing their availability/accessibility. e. Assess the scope for using personal technology for accessing information, e.g. smart phone apps, bar code readers, etc f. Develop and encourage the use of Green Public Procurement guidelines, to help public bodies (or private organisations) purchase food sustainably.For any other actions you have suggested, at what level do you think they would be best taken forward? (Global / EU / National / Local / Retailer / Producer) Please give any further details of how you would implement your preferred action/s.  Which out of these actions (inculding any of your suggestions) would you give the highest priority for the European Commission to take forward, and why?  Do you have any quantative information concerning the benefits and costs of implementing these actions? If so, please give details here. You may include links or upload relevant documents. 

3.4. Preventing and reducing Food Losses & Food WasteHow effective do you think the following actions could be in preventing and reducing food losses & food waste?

a: Very b: Fairly c: Not particularly d: Not at all e: Don't know a b c d e a. Develop/disseminate consumer information on avoiding over-purchasing. b. Develop/disseminate consumer information on the meaning of food date labels. ('best-before', 'use-by', 'sell-by') c. Develop/disseminate consumer information on better storage of food. d. Develop/disseminate consumer information on more sustainable food preparation and use of leftovers. e. Establish new education campaigns on food waste prevention aimed at children. f. Establish new education campaigns on food waste prevention aimed at adults. g. Facilitate the exchange of good practices on food waste prevention and reduction activities at all levels: producers, retailers as well as local, regional and national authorities. h. Clarify the EU VAT Directive for donation of surplus food to food banks for Member States and businesses. i. Encourage best-practice in relation to food date labels by food business operators to minimise wastage.j. Develop EU Food Donation Guidelines for food donors and food banks on how to comply with the EU Food Hygiene legislation (types of food suitable for donation, conditions for transport and traceability, legal liability, etc.) k. Agree a common EU definition of food waste, classifying products as food, feed or waste etc. as appropriate. l. Develop a standardised methodology for collecting and reporting data on food waste to ensure data comparability across Member States. m. Introduce reporting requirements on food waste. n. Set binding targets for food waste prevention. Do you have any other proposals for actions on preventing and reducing food losses & food waste? If so please specify here.  At what level do you think these actions would be best taken forward? a: Global b: EU c: National d: Local e: Producer f: Retailer g: Action not needed a b c d e f g a. Develop/disseminate consumer information on avoiding over-purchasing. b. Develop/disseminate consumer information on the meaning of food date labels. ('best-before', 'use-by', 'sell-by') c. Develop/disseminate consumer information on better storage of food. d. Develop/disseminate consumer information on more sustainable food preparation and use of leftovers. e. Establish new education campaigns on food waste prevention aimed at children. f. Establish new education campaigns on food waste prevention aimed at adults. g. Facilitate the exchange of good practices on food waste prevention and reduction activities at all levels: producers, retailers as well as local, regional and national authorities. h. Clarify the EU VAT Directive for donation of surplus food to food banks for Member States and businesses. i. Encourage best-practice in relation to food date labels by food business operators to minimise wastage. j. Develop EU Food Donation Guidelines for food donors and food banks on how to comply with the EU Food Hygiene legislation (types of food suitable for donation, conditions for transport and traceability, legal liability, etc.) k. Agree a common EU definition of food waste, classifying products as food, feed or waste etc. as appropriate. l. Develop a standardised methodology for collecting and reporting data on food waste to ensure data comparability across Member States. m. Introduce reporting requirements on food waste.n. Set binding targets for food waste prevention. For any other actions you have suggested, at what level do you think they would be best taken forward? (Global / EU / National / Local / Retailer / Producer) Please give any further details of how you would implement your preferred action/s.  Which out of these actions (inculding any of your suggestions) would you give the highest priority for the European Commission to take forward, and why? Do you have any quantative information concerning the benefits and costs of implementing these actions? If so, please give details here. You may include links or upload relevant documents.  Are there any key initiatives are you undertaking or that you are aware of in the area of preventing/reducing food losses and food waste that you would like to share? (these could form part of a 'best practice' reference.) Do you have economic and/or quantititve data related to food losses and food waste? If so, please provide details and/or links to you information here.....(you may upload files with this question) 3.4.1. Preventing food waste and losses in developing countriesWhat initiatives are you already undertaking, or are you aware of, in the area of reducing food waste and losses internationally?  What actions / policies do you think the EU should prioritise to help prevent food wate and losses in developing countries? 

3.5. Improving food policy coherence

This section looks at the overall framework in which food policy is made, rather than about the development of specific policies, and seeks your views on whether it is fit to tackle the challenge of making the food system sustainable in the future. Are we 'locked-in' to the path currently being followed by our food system? Is there a need to reconcile the competing dominant ‘agro-industrial’ and the emerging ‘integrated territorial agro-food’ paradigms? What sort of policy responses do these issues require from the EU? Do you think the way our food system is set up is suitable to equip it for future challenges?  yes no don't knowIf you would like to give more details in relation to your answer, please do so here.   What do you think are the most important aspects of the food system that would need to be addressed to make it more sustainable? (such as, for example, production methods, consumption patterns, research priorities, policy framework, market set-up, etc...)  Do you think there are any inconsistencies / incoherence between policies related to food production and consumption?  yes no don't know  Please specify.  Do you think there are any regulatory, or other, barriers to sustainable food production and/or consumption?  yes no don't know Please specify.  How would you propose we address any policy inconsistencies or regulatory barriers thet you have mentioned in the previous two question? Do you have examples of good practice to share that demonstrate a more sustainable approach to food system governance? (i.e. where, for example, the typcial relationship between producers, retialers, consumers, policy makers etc. has been changed somehow.)  How do you think the overall governance of the food system could be adapted in order to ensure more coherent action at EU level? In your view, how effective could the following actions be in providing better policy coherence for the production and consumption of food? a: Very b: Fairly c: Not particularly d: Not at all e: Don't know a b c d e a. Perform a comprehensive review of relevant food policies (International/EU/National/local) to check that they are aligned with each other, that they are coherent, and are in line with agreed sustainability goals. (Also known as a 'fitness check') b. Support national and local food system governance by sharing good practices / provide guidance on implementing sustainable food strategies. c. Identify environmentally harmful subsidies (EHS) in the food sector. d. Establish new coordination bodies (or reorganise existing bodies) to provide coherence on in the field of food sustainability. Do you have any other proposals for actions on improving food policy coherence? Please give details of how you are, or would, implement your preferred option/s.