FDF written evidence to Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee inquiry into the economic, social, and environmental impact of food waste in England

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September 2016

On 11 July 2016, the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee , chaired by Neil Parish MP, launched an inquiry into the economic, social, and environmental impact of food waste in England. FDF submitted written evidence in September 2016.

The FDF evidence underlines that the economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste in England are considerable especially when embedded impacts are taken into account across supply chains and the interaction with food security. It goes on to make the point that nearly two thirds of this food waste is generated by households in the UK.

The FDF evidence also states that voluntary approaches, based upon collaborative working across supply chains on a farm to fork basis, are considered to be the most effective way to tackle food waste as evident from the results obtained under the Courtauld agreement to date.

FDF also states that the first priority should be to drive out inefficiency in supply chains and prevent waste and surpluses from occurring in the first place.

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