27 February 2015
A report exploring gains to be made by reducing food waste was recently released by WRAP and The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (Strategies to achieve economic and environmental gains by reducing food waste).
It is a thorough and well considered publication for the UK food industry as it does highlight the environmental and economic benefits of reducing food waste.
Reducing food waste is an urgent priority but governments, businesses and organisations should also consider how existing food surplus can be utilised for maximum environmental and social impact. This can be achieved by prioritising charity food redistribution to people, as per the waste or food utilisation hierarchy.
FareShare believes a more considered approach to food waste reduction across the supply chain is needed with processes in place to a) anticipate when food surplus occurs and b) ensure that there is a mechanism in place for charity food redistribution when surplus food does occur.
It is important that food, that is fit for consumption, feeds people first and that there is greater support for this. In the UK there is currently no funding or incentives for charity food surplus redistribution, compared to other European countries.