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AFCCC joins the National Food Waste Strategy

 

The AFCCC will be represented on the National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee by its Executive Director Dr Greg Picker. The invite to Dr Picker came from the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg, who said that the committee would comprise up to 12 members representing the food supply and consumption chain.

AFCCC Chairman Mark Mitchell, who attended the National Food Waste Strategy Summit in Melbourne on 20 November 2017 said the appointment was a significant vote of confidence in the new food cold chain body, so early in its life.

The impact being made by the AFCCC was evident at the Summit, when Mr Mitchell was singled out by Minister Frydenberg for a private discussion about the role the cold chain will play in helping the nation achieve its goal of halving Australia's food waste by 2030.

Dr Greg Picker
As a result of months of consultations, the Food Waste Strategy establishes a framework to support the actions required to achieve that goal.

The appalling cost of food waste

  • Food waste is estimated to cost the Australian economy around $20 billion each year.
  • Australian consumers throw away around 3.1 million tonnes of edible food a year.
  • Another 2.2 million tonnes is disposed of by the commercial and industrial sector.
  • The complexities of dealing with food waste means that an integrated approach is needed. There are also substantial opportunities to rethink how food waste can be prevented, or wasted food can be used for other purposes.

In Australia, there is already a significant amount of work underway to target food waste that is making a difference locally, regionally and nationally.

The strategy seeks to leverage these efforts, and identifies four priority areas where improvements can be made—policy support, business improvements, market development, and behaviour change.

In the invitation letter to Dr Picker, the Minister said that the government would provide $1.370 million in funding to support the implementation of the strategy. $1 million of this funding will go to Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL), an industry led not-for-profit organisation that will steer the implementation of the Food Waste Strategy. There is also a plan to work with industry and business to develop a voluntary commitment program to reduce food waste across the sector.