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Food waste falls as prices keep rising

A nationwide survey reveals that about three out of four people in Finland think they have succeeded in reducing the amount of food waste in their households over the past year.

The vast majority of people told researchers they consider reducing food waste to be important. Image: Markku Pitkänen / Yle

A freshly-published survey by Finland's Consumers' Union looked at both action and attitudes regarding food waste, the intentional discarding of food that is fit for consumption.

Three out of four people polled for the survey said that in their own opinion they have cut the amount of food that goes to waste in their in their households over the past year.

Also, a majority said that they intend to keep food waste to a minimum in future.

The largest single item wasted is brewed coffee, followed by fruits, vegetables, root vegetables and bread.

Managing food waste is the most difficult for young adults in the 18-30 year age group, who it was found throw away the most edible food compared to the population in general.

This first national survey on the subject found that regionally the most positive attitudes toward reducing food waste were in South Savo, Satakunta, Pirkanmaa, Southwest Finland and Kymenlaakso.

Only cabbage cheaper

The price of food continued to rise in August.

According to Statistics Finland, the price of foodstuffs and non-alcoholic beverages rose by 12.5 percent compared to the same month a year previously.

Flour showed the sharpest price rise in August. The price of various types of flour was up by almost 44 percent from a year earlier. The rise in the price of coffee was almost as high.

Cabbage was the only food item that fell in price, down by 16 percent from August 2021.

For basic foodstuffs, significant increases were also be seen in the price of eggs, up by over 36 percent, and both fresh and frozen fish, up by more than 30 percent.

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