The Australian dairy industry has again taken the lead on sustainability in agriculture by publishing a sector-wide action plan to reduce food waste, the Riverine Herald reports.
Dairy is the first Australian agricultural sector to take this significant step.
Dairy Australia managing director Dr David Nation said food waste from the dairy supply chain has previously been identified as one of the six highest Australian food waste sources.
“The dairy industry has been working to reduce food waste and extend shelf life of products for decades,” he said.
“This new commitment takes us much further, leading the agriculture sector on sustainability and setting a goal to halve food waste by 2030.
“This plan will galvanise the sector to progress opportunities to solve our food waste challenges.
“It seeks to ensure that we maximise the number of people we can feed with, and the value derived from the dairy products our industry has worked hard to produce, while also reducing environmental impacts.”
The Dairy Sector Food Waste Action Plan was developed by Dairy Australia in collaboration with the Australian Dairy Products Federation and Stop Food Waste Australia, and with input from dairy businesses across the country.
Australian Dairy Products Federation executive director Janine Waller said sustainability and good practices are important for dairy farms, dairy manufacturers, and for the future of the planet.
“Developing the Dairy Sector Food Waste Action Plan has given us unique insights into where, what, and how much food waste is occurring across the dairy supply chain, which is particularly important when we’re managing the challenges of food inflation and a declining raw milk pool.
“Together, we have identified 10 key actions to reduce waste – from investing in R&D and technical solutions, to effective inventory management systems to monitor and report on waste, partnering with food rescue organisations, promoting sustainable packaging solutions, and educating consumers through product labelling and storage advice”, she said.
Dairy takes action on food waste (Riverine Herald)