Food industry strategy targets transport, waste and energy

A draft sustainable development strategy for the food industry was published for consultation in April. It proposes voluntary measures and targets to reduce the sector’s impacts - including food miles, carbon emissions and waste generation.1

Spearheaded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the strategy was developed in discussion with an industry stakeholder group. The aim is to secure widespread buy-in from all sectors beyond the farm gate.

The Food and Drink Federation took a first stab at a sustainability strategy in 2002 - an exercise which did not impress Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett who challenged the industry to draw up some targ

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