Defra has published a new report that calls for Ministers to encourage a sustainable food system through more co-ordinated policy, meaning food that is sustainably produced and wasted less, in order to accommodate an increasing population.
Defra’s Sustainable Consumption Report calls on Government to tackle the need for more sustainable food consumption in the face of an increasing population, saying that a difference can be made if food is sustainably produced and waste is reduced.
The report explores how to reduce food waste, encourage consumer behavioural change in favour of greener foods and develop more sustainable diets.
It follows from Defra’s previous sustainable food reports, including the Green Food Project, which set out predictions that the global population will rise to 9bn by 2050 and that food production will have to increase 70 percent while at the same time talking the problems of an unsustainable food system.
The new report argues that significant reductions in environmental impacts can be realised if people adopt more sustainable diets and improved efforts to reduce food waste. But it says that greater co-operation between Government and industry is needed to help tackle unsustainable production and consumption.
The report states that we need to “get better at producing food in efficient ways. Farmers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers all have a part to play in reducing waste and using resources effectively.
“At the same time, we need to try to prevent the pressure we’re putting on the land, including through climate change, from damaging the environment.”
The steering groups behind the report concluded that there is “a need for effective leadership in, and ownership of, sustainable food consumption and production activity and for a robust governance framework.
“Government should play a key role in providing a clear steer, helping coordinate resources and activity, and agreeing methods to prioritise activity and monitor progress.”
Kirtana Chandrasekaran, food campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “This report highlights a clear link between a healthy diet and a healthy environment – Ministers must now get on with the important task of improving the nation’s eating habits.”
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