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The Importance of Food Banks

The Regional Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources, Susana Prada, visited Banco Alimentar (BA) this morning, an institution that, in her opinion, complies with the Regional Governments 10-year ‘circular economy’ guidelines.  According to the European Parliament a circular economy is ‘a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products to extend their life cycle for as long as possible.’ 

Clarifying her statement, Susana Prada, stated that the Banco Alimentar fights against food waste and, therefore, environmental waste.  As the careful management of re-routing excess food from institutions and giving it to those in need, will, in the end, avoid from an environmental point of view the waste of natural resources such as water and energy, it will prevent the use of pesticides, fertilizers and plastic packaging, as well as reducing the amount of waste produced.  

Samantha Gannon

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