Frozen food is the least wasted

Frozen vegetables, fruit and potato products are less disposed than fresh food or canned food. That says a Dutch study on food waste.

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About a quarter of all the food intended for human consumption somewhere in the chain of distribution is lost. European families are responsible for almost 50 percent of that food waste.

In proportion they throw, or less, frozen vegetables, potato products and red fruit than the fresh variant or the alternative in a tin or pot.

That allows a research of Wageningen University & Research into the influence of the aankoopvorm (frozen food, fresh food or canned goods) on the amount of food that people waste.

In the bin

To five hundred Dutch families was asked how much food there is for them in the bin ends up. Vegetables, fruit and potato products that are frozen, were acquired, appeared to have the least wasted. The reason is that this power supply kept for a longer period and in smaller portions can be prepared.

For ready-meals is the outcome of the study. These meals prove to be correct more often to be disposed of in the deep-free alternative.

“Dutch consumers have a preference for fresh products,” says project leader Anke Janssen of the university of Wageningen. “But with the eye on food waste, they would more often be able to choose freezer. Frozen products are often longer-lasting and easily in the required portions to divide.”

Janssen has the ultimate aim of her research at the national level to provide advice but insists that first, additional research into behaviour around purchasing, storage, and disposal is needed.

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