The waste is twice as much as it has been previously expected, costing around €143 billion ($143 billion) for European households and businesses, the studyclaimed.
The report also pointed out that one-fifth of the EU’s agricultural production is not consumed, causing at least 6% of the EU’s total gashouse emissions.
Wheat, an equivalent of half of Ukraine’s wheat exports and a quarter of the EU’s other grain exports, was also thrownaway, the study added.
“At a time of high food prices and a cost-of-living crisis, it’s a scandal that the EU is potentially throwing away more food than it’s importing,” Frank Mechielsen, the executive director of the FeedbackEU, said in a press statement.
Along with 42 other organizations from 20 EU countries, the FeedbackEU called on the European Commission to set a compulsory target to halve food waste by 2030 to tackle climate change and improve food security.