The Welsh Assembly has launched a draft food strategy for Wales that encourages the reduction of food waste.
The draft strategy, Food for Wales, Food from Wales 2010-2020, launched on 20 August and currently open to public consultation, includes a sub-section on food waste. According to the document, “there are strong linkages between the food sector and sustainability in other areas also. A prime example is that of food waste.”
The food strategy shares a policy focus on waste minimisation with the recently released Towards Zero Waste Strategy which was also issued by the Assembly Government and looks at food waste in the context of recycling. The Assembly’s food strategy states: “Since the issue of food waste reduction is intrinsically linked to demand management, the strategy will encourage efforts toward reducing waste production by retailers and food outlets as well as households.”
To complement the public consultation, the Assembly will be holding a series of regional consultation events throughout September.
Minister for rural affairs Elin Jones said: “I hope the public will engage with us on this consultation to make sure that the final strategy is one that represents the best possible way forward.”
The consultation document can be accessed via the Welsh Assembly Government website http://wales.gov.uk/docs/drah/consultation/100705foodstrategyconsultationen.pdf .