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Denmark launches subsidies scheme to combat food waste

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A new subsidies scheme, launched by Danish Minister for Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, will support projects aiming at making a difference in combatting food waste.

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The average Dane wastes more than a kilogram of food every week, and an average household throws away food worth DKK 3,200 every year. This impacts both the environment and the economy.

Therefore the Minister is opening a new subsidies pool that will distribute more than DKK 5 million to projects that can cut drastically food waste in Denmark.

Each year, consumers and retailers alone waste enough food to fill 9,730 supermarket trolleys every day And there’s more, because food waste arises in all parts of the chain from production, to businesses, to wholesalers, to supermarkets to homes.

"I hope that this will make a notable difference to food waste. We’ll be supporting projects that can show that they really do make a difference and projects that can be expanded to a larger scale, for example," said Esben Lunde Larsen.

The new subsidies pool opens at the end of June.

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