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11 Jul 2012
- Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:02
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Increasing domestic production of crops as well as chickpeas for roti-bread flour will open up new markets in reduced food miles.
"With our increasingly hungry world every country must play its part to produce more food and improve the environment," said agriculture minister Jim Paice. The report suggests the whole of the food industry should work on addressing sustainability challenges, which include improved information-sharing among the stakeholders within the sector; investment in research and development that will pave way for innovative "green" processing of food; formation of a "consumption forum" that will explore sustainable diets and consumption behaviors; and focus on Defra's "ecosystem services" that will look into the potential of undervalued resources like clean soil and water that could impact on food production. More efforts are needed to cut food's environmental footprint once it is bought by the consumers, including projects that could minimize food wastes and encourage energy-efficient cooking, according to the report. "It is a very small first step but what's really important is the need to take action so we move towards a more equitable and sustainable food system, which addresses the twin global challenges of sustainability and hunger," said Mark Driscoll, W.W.F.'s food team chief. "We need to see a cross-departmental strategy on food, with clean commitments and a timetable to take action to look at the whole food system, from production, manufacturing and retail to food consumption." – EcoSeed Staff