Euronews reports on efforts to reduce food waste, saying 20% of food produced in the European Union ends up in landfill or animal feed.
It’s an expensive waste of a potential resource that costs the economy €140 billion a year.
Damaged carrots are often used to feed cattle, but the long-established vanRijsingengreen family business, based at Helmond in the Netherlands, considers even that use to be just another form of waste.
Gerbrand van Veldhuizen, vanRijsingengreen’s Director, says they make great efforts to ensure nothing is wasted:
“What we are trying to do is to make optimised planning for both industry, the fresh market and the ingredients market.
“Now we try to use all the ingredients — we have vegetables, we make juice, we have pulp as a sidestream and we try to use the fibre out of that.”