Valuing our Food Waste (Consultation Draft) 2020

Valuing our Food Waste (Consultation Draft) 2020
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Valuing our Food Waste (Consultation Draft) 2020

The South Australian Government has set a target to reduce emissions by 50% of 2005 levels by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050. Taking action to address the generation of food waste, highlight risks associated with a changing climate to food sectors and divert this material away from landfill supports the implementation of Directions for a Climate Smart SA9 and the across agency climate change strategy (currently under development). Across Australia, increases in water consumption for agricultural use occurred in 2015-16 with 68% of South Australia consumption feed for agriculture, The water inputs associated with food production are high: throwing away 100 g of uncooked rice wastes the equivalent of a average daily water use and producing 100 g of beef uses four times that amount. Australian National Food Waste Strategy, released in November 2017, recognises that addressing food waste represents a significant opportunity to introduce measures to protect our environment, prevent economic losses, and help relieve food insecurity. An estimated 7.3 million tonnes of food waste is generated each year in Australia, costing the Australian economy $20 billion annually. The volume and value of wasted food in Australia is high: each year, Australian households discard about 2.5 million tonnes of food, which has been valued at $10 billion. There are many opportunities for us to introduce food waste prevention measures and divert more food waste from landfill to make better use of this resource, contributing to a circular economy within South Australia.
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