First national food waste strategy to be drafted

The Australian Government will hold a roundtable forum in Melbourne in May ahead of a National Food Waste Summit in November, with the aim of developing the country’s first National Food Waste Strategy.

The strategy’s objective will be to halve by 2030 the volume of Australia’s food wastage, which is currently nine million tonnes.

Australia’s largest food relief organisation, Foodbank, will take part in the forum and will highlight its collaborative supply program as an example of innovation in the farm, food and food-relief sectors to address both food waste and food insecurity.

“It is shameful to think that over nine million tonnes of food is being wasted at a time when more than 644,000 people are receiving food relief every month, a third of whom are children,” Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey said.

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