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Latvian wins Nordic-Baltic food waste competition

We throw out food worth billions. As part of their efforts to address the problem, the UN and the Nordic Council of Ministers have organized a Nordic-Baltic poster competition. The winner was announced on Friday 4 October at a big food-waste event on City Hall Square in Copenhagen.

04.10.2013

The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten, awards first prize in the Nordic-Baltic poster competition at the big food-waste event in Copenhagen on 4 October.

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According to a recent UN report, food worth over DKK 4,000 billion is wasted every year around the world. One-third of all food produced is wasted. And up to half of all potential foodstuffs never make it from field to table.

Dagfinn Høybråten, the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, awarded first prize for the Nordic-Baltic poster competition at a big food-waste event in Copenhagen on Friday 4 October. The competition was part of the UN campaign Think-Eat-Save and done in co-operation with the UN information centre in Brussels.

“The basic idea is that all food produced should be eaten and not go to waste. Over the next few years, I hope to see a dramatic increase in Nordic awareness of food waste. The Nordic Region is in a position to lead the way on this issue,” he said at the award ceremony.

Last wish (fries) by Marta Zarin-Gelze (Latvia)The winner of the Nordic-Baltic poster competition was Marta Zarina-Gelze from Latvia with "The last wish was to be eaten", which features a portion of French fries laid to rest in an open coffin.

She explains that her inspiration was the fact that 30% of all food produced is wasted.

“I wanted to make a strong emotional statement, so chose a coffin instead of a bin. We are only alive because of the food that we eat, so why do we throw so much of it out?” she asked.

Read more on norden.org/foodwasted

The Danish consumer group Stop Wasting Food hosted the event on City Hall Square. Among those in attendance was the Danish food minister, Karen Hækkerup.

The event was part of the EU project Fusions, which aims to put food waste on the agenda across Europe. More info on unitedagainstfoodwaste.com

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