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Doggie bags, smaller servings to cut waste

The Local · 31 May 2012, 07:00

Published: 31 May 2012 07:00 GMT+02:00

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"Not everyone wants an XXL-sized portion on their plate," Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner said in a joint statement with Dehoga, the leading hotel and restaurant organisation. The two made a joint presentation in Berlin on how restaurants and consumers could reduce food waste, following a recent study showing Germans throw out 11 million tons of food a year.

Restaurants and workplace cafeterias should make it easier for diners to take home their leftovers, the minister said. The Dehoga has established a checklist for its members to help them reduce food waste.

Aigner's ministry and the group have also worked together on a website – “Too good for the Garbage” - to help consumers reduce their food rubbish.

The site even contains recipes, adorned with the smiling face of the consumer minister, for making the best of leftovers. There are also practical tips, such as how to keep bread fresh longer.

Noticeably missing from the presentation was a mention that smaller portions might also be a good idea to combat German obesity levels.

Dehoga spokesman Benedikt Wollbeck acknowledged that this could be the case, but said Aigner and his group wanted to concentrate on reducing food waste.

"It's hard for a government official to say you should eat less," he told The Local.

So far the restaurants are doing way better than households, Wollbeck said, with 17 percent of total food waste coming from restaurants compared to 61 percent from private households.

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The Dehoga is Germany's largest gastronomic association with some 231,000 members, he said.

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10:04 May 31, 2012 by Grebo
That is some fake looking trash above.
10:33 May 31, 2012 by IchBinKönig
What we need to do is to start producing less food. Farmers are certainly farming too much these days. And with supply and demand on the rise, we certainly need to cut down on the supply side. Less demand + Higher taxes = Fair Share.
13:04 May 31, 2012 by auslanderus
So ichBinKönig, We should pay more for food than we are paying today? Are you so rich that you can do that? I guess you must since your a König but some of us are having a hard time as it is. Less portions but the same price....that will work. Daaaaa. If your a König then you needs to get your butt and work for a living and see what the real people have to live with.
13:22 May 31, 2012 by thosesocks
Several times when I've tried to take food home in Germany, I've been not only denied by the serving staff but also scolded by everyone at the table for even considering such an unsafe practice. It was really disappointing since the food was quite good... I think they need to work on spreading the idea with Germans that doggie bags are acceptable in the first place.
14:39 May 31, 2012 by Bigfoot76
"Less portions but the same price" I said the exact same thing when I saw the headline. The Farmers do not farm just for fun, they need to make a living from their work. I am sure if someone were to compensate them for producing less food then they would be more than happy to take it easy otherwise just like everyone else, they need to pay the bills and producing food is how they do it.
16:25 May 31, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
30% of all food, whether in rich or poor lands, is thrown in the garbage / wasted.

Maybe Germany can issue a proclamation decrying this wastefulness and then wait for the rest of Europe or the USA to do something. Seems to be what Germany does best...

Look at the bright side. Germany's birth rate is "1.6" so there are fewer and fewer Germans to waste food.
17:27 May 31, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
@ Chango -

There is no need for starvation, it is man-made.

One: 1/3rd of all food, in all lands, is wasted.

Two: Giving food to 3rd world has been a disaster. Too many reasons to write about here.

Three: The food usually does not get to the victims because of war lords / gangsters (especially in Africa).

And finally, please tell me how the poor folks in India or the Phillipines do not have enough money for food, but somehow are able to systematically starve themselves and their children in order to save a $5,000 - $10,000 dowry for marriage?
23:26 May 31, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Germany should start subsidizing more farmers to not produce food. That would save the waste. We need to bring down the system, right? How are we going to fight the coming revolution if everybody fed fat happy and lazy? Raise the prices! Make food scarce!
02:20 June 1, 2012 by Eric1
Government and the press wants to tell us what to eat, how much to eat, what to drive, where we can live, how much money we can keep from our wages, limit speech, blame us for enjoying life, etc..... We are on the verge of being mind numbed robots of the government/press. Stalin would be proud.
00:42 June 3, 2012 by raandy
Chango Mutney, easy to see why the band folded up. Have you ever tried dumpster diving??
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