A third of Greeks throw away food

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

De­spite the im­pact of the eco­nomic cri­sis on house­hold bud­gets, one in three Greeks ad­mits to throw­ing away biodegrad­able food such as fruit, veg­eta­bles and dairy prod­ucts at least once or twice a month, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey car­ried out by Pub­lic Is­sue for the WWF Hel­las con­ser­va­tion group.

The same sur­vey found that 9 per­cent of Greeks throw food away twice or three times a week and that con­sumers aged 18 to 34 dis­posed of larger amounts of food than those aged over 55. Greeks ap­pear to be less waste­ful than their Euro­pean coun­ter­parts how­ever. Ac­cord­ing to Bar­illa, the pasta man­u­fac­turer, each Greek wastes around 44 ki­los of food per year, com­pared to 334 kilo­grams per year for Cypri­ots. The Euro­pean av­er­age is es­ti­mated at 179 ki­los per year.

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