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The fight against food waste wins the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2013

The Nordic Council's prestigious Nature and Environment Prize worth DKK 350,000 goes this year to Danish Selina Juul for the Stop Wasting Food movement.

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Did you know that one third of the food produced in the world ends up as waste? The winner of this year's Nature and Environment Prize, Danish Selina Juul, is the founder of the consumer movement Stop Wasting Food - Denmark's largest voluntary movement against food waste. “Her efforts cannot be overestimated”, says the Nordic Council in its motivation.

The Nature and Environment Prize 2013 will be awarded to a Nordic company, organisation or individual who has developed a product, an invention or in some other creative way has increased resource efficiency and thereby contributed to reducing human beings' ecological footprint in nature.

Selina Juul's commitment has put food waste on the agenda not only in her home country Denmark, but also in the rest of the Nordic Region, the EU and the UN. Juul works unpaid as a voluntary spokeswoman for the movement she took initiative to set up in 2008.

“Selina Juul's persistent focus on food waste - in collaboration with other interested parties - has led to a reduction of food waste in Denmark. With her creativity, enthusiasm and hard work, she has contributed to reducing human beings' ecological footprint in nature”, says the Adjudication Committee in its motivation.

Food waste also has an ethical dimension; one billion of the world's population are starving in a world where 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown out every year.

Read more about the Nordic Council prizes

Read more about Selina Juul and the movement Stop Wasting Food


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