Senior politicians, business leaders, NGOs, government officials and academics will come together for No Opportunity Wasted at Europe House, London, on 7th November to discuss what can be done to reduce food waste at all stages in the chain, from field to fork.
This major conference, organised by the Dutch Embassy, in London in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I), will address the challenges and opportunities presented by the €180bn food wasted annually.
Organisers believe that solving the food waste problem will make a major contribution to global food security and securing tomorrow’s natural resources.
Representatives from all sectors, including major retailers, consumers, farmers, manufacturers, suppliers and caterers will contribute to the debate which conference organisers hope will inform a White Paper of the European Commission to appear next year.
Ms Laetitia van den Assum, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, said: “Instead of discussing the problems, we should focus on the opportunities and solutions to the challenges lying ahead. We know that we have to increase global food production by 70 per cent in the coming decades.
“We know we waste about 40 per cent of all food produced. We know of all kinds of promising pilot programmes to reduce waste, or use it as a valuable resource.
“We must now take practical steps and convert these pilots into more economically viable business initiatives, and make them central to the sustainability strategy of businesses and governments.”
Among the speakers on the day, are European Commissioner Janez Potočnik, who will deliver a video message. Mr Ladislav Miko, deputy Director General of the European commission will address future EU policy.
Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University, London, and author of Food Wars, will tackle ‘The global challenge of food security’. Duncan Williamson, Senior Policy Adviser, WWF will address ‘The food waste scandal’. And ‘The challenge for business and governments’ will be the subject of the presentation of Hans Hoogeveen, Director General, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation’s.
Thomas Jelley, Corporate Citizenship Manager, Sodexo and Ian Booth, Technical Director of Reynolds and Sarah Belmont, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Asda, will focus on the role of the food service and hospitality sector.