Better Luck Next Year

Figuring out the EU food waste stance has never been easy. There’s the European Parliament, European Commission, EU FUSIONS and more. Yet, I thought I had one thing figured out: 2014 was going to be a key year. It was going to be the European Year Against Food Waste.


While keeping track of the exact details is tricky, here’s what we know: In 2012, there was a push to make 2013 the year, but that didn’t happen. Later that year, the European Parliament called on the European Commission (more of an executive branch) to declare 2014 the European Year Against Food Waste. There seemed to be some optimism and even definitive reports to that effect.

Kindly Disregard This Logo

One of the reason for optimism: The EP designed these neat graphics. And because they did, we’re all beneficiaries. They remind me of the 1986 Red Sox World Series Champions patch my dad owns (For the uninitiated, let’s just say that Red Sox were not champions that year).

Yet, I didn’t see anything year-of-waste-releated during January. And then I got the news that I’d long feared–2014 would not be the Year Against Food Waste.

What happens next is anyone’s guess. On the upside, though, the news item declared that the Year Against Food Waste has been postponed. So maybe 2015 will be the year. All they have to do is edit the 4 into a 5…

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