European policy for food security: the surplus food redistribution option

Benedetta De Pieri, Tatiana Tallarico, Simone Baglioni, Urszula Soler, Elisa Ricciuti

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Food security has become a central issue in international policy debates and academic literature. Although high-income countries have long considered their population sheltered from food insecurity, the recent economic and financial crisis has challenged such assumption and food poverty has become an increasingly relevant policy issue across Europe. In this context, food surplus recovery and donation to those in need has emerged as one possible answer to food poverty in affluent societies. Based on academic and grey literature, the chapter illustrates the regulatory framework at European level involved in the reduction of food waste and in the recovery of edible surplus food. It highlights the main strengths and weaknesses of policies at EU level and across Europe and discusses good practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFoodsaving in Europe: At the Crossroad of Social Innovation
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9783319565545
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2017


  • food security
  • European policy
  • Fiscal policy
  • Data traceability Governance
  • Food security policy
  • Liability
  • Public administration
  • EU policy
  • Tax benefits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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