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The Hidden Opportunity of Food Waste

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Blinc Workshop

Lincoln University, Canterbury 7674

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If food waste globally were a country, it would be the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions behind China and the United States. New Zealanders throw away 157,389 tonnes of food a year with a value of approximately $1.17 billion – globally, this is a $1 trillion problem. New Zealand Food manufacturers and retailers have been innovating to reduce waste but this now needs to extend to consumers as we all have a role to play to reduce GHG – per capita, New Zealanders are one of the highest food wasters in the OECD!

Our cold chain, growing population and move towards urbanisation are all sources of pressures faced by our food system as the world looks to feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050. If we reduced food waste and loss by 50%, our current levels of food production would be sufficient to feed the entire population. As a country that export 95% of our food, have we worked out what our role is to lead food waste reduction? How do we value the waste and consider how else it can be used? Do we understand the biggest contributor to waste and how do we think about this differently and capture the value and create new innovative solutions? What role does the circular economy play in how we approach this? Do we each know what our business, home or own carbon footprint is due to the food we waste?

We’ll explore this challenge from environmental, social, economic and wellbeing perspectives. Food is one of our most precious resources and preventing waste and loss may provide some of the answers needed to healthy people, healthy communities and healthy planet


Timings:

8.45 : Breakfast & Networking

9.00am : Welcome & introduction

9.10am : Keynote address 1

9.30am: Keynote address 2

9:50am: Keynote address 3

10.10am : Panel discussion/Interactive Q&A session with Audience

10.30am : Speaking finishes, networking

11.00am : Event finishes

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