The causes of food wastage are extremely diverse, even within a single family. The lifestyle, cultural background, age, gender composition of the family members, and the residential areas all have an influence. But it is also decisive whether there is a child in the family because his food consumption is the most unpredictable.

NFCSO has cooperated with a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations last year in order to identify the best answers to the problem. It is important that food industry, trade and representatives of research institutes and universities are also involved in the work. We have also developed a Consumer Program entitled “Wasteless”, which was launched in the autumn of 2016 with the help of the European Union’s LIFE support instrument. In addition to the adult population, we also intend to pay special attention  to childrenin this program, because based on international experience, those campaigns are successful in the long run, which also address the consumers of the future. Based on all these, it is a realistic goal to reduce the amount of food discarded by 8-10%. This would mean saving approximately 15 billion forints in/for households. We would like the population to follow the principle of “Quality instead of quantity” in order to buy higher quality, safe, regional food from the money they are saving this way.



About 1.8 million tons of food waste are produced annually in Hungary. A significant proportion of this – about one quarter – is produced in households. It is 40-46 kg per person. Although this amount lags behind some extremely wasting countries – such as the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Germany – it still accounts for a major part of Hungarian customers’ baskets. According to our calculations, an average Hungarian family throws away 50,000 HUF worth of food per year.

However, the discarded food is not only a painful waste for households, but it also causes serious environmental load. Altogether we have to count with 400,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste, which has a serious impact on our environment, considering not only its distruction but the process of production, as well. Raw materials are grown or cultivated in vain, processed into food, and are transported to the shops in vain.

In the case of food waste, however, we face a problem which, exceptionally, requires no extra money, just more attention. The task of NFCSO is to raise awareness among consumers about how to do more for their environment through conscious and safe food purchasing, storage and handling.