Food industry needs to reduce carbon, waste, water footprints

Reducing the carbon, waste and water footprints of Australia’s food industry to ensure products have minimal impact on the environment is a “whole of supply chain” and consumer responsibility, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) said.

According to the AFGC, it is everyone’s role from farmers and manufacturers to retailers and consumers to ensure Australia continues to have a clean, safe, affordable and nutritious food supply.

An independent “Green Shopper” survey of 1,000 customers, supported by AFGC and Woolworths, found only 13 per cent of Australians bought environmentally sustainable food and groceries from the supermarket on the day of the survey, although 80 per cent considered sustainability issues when shopping.

AFGC Chief Executive Kate Carnell said Australia’s food and grocery companies were already committed to more sustainable production of their products in a global environment of carbon and water constraints, as well as rising populations.

AFGC is also working closely with companies to help them measure their carbon, waste and water footprints using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and to set improvement goals.




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