Forum on Food Waste
Food waste is an issue that affects everyone in Irish society –producers, growers, retailers, consumers and those who experience food poverty.
In 2014 Ireland hosted its first Forum on Food Waste where stakeholders from across the food system came together to discuss the issue of food waste.
Following the success of this event, Ireland’s Forum on Food Waste 2017 took place on the 9th of March 2017. The event was moderated by Phillip Boucher-Hayes, and prompted by case studies and interactive discussion panels aims to discuss and explore ideas for collective solutions to Ireland’s food waste.
It provided an opportunity to highlight the food waste prevention work currently being done and to discuss further actions needed for Ireland to meet its commitment to halve food waste by 2030 under UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.
Due to Ireland’s unique relationship with food production and food appreciation, we have the potential to be a world leader in tackling food waste by creating new and innovative solutions to reduce food waste.
Ireland is already making significant strides in this area and has many experiences and good practice examples to showcase. We need to build on this, involve more people and focus the effort so we can maximise the impact and report on improvements in a consistent manner.
Organisations including the Department of Community, Climate Action and Environment, the EPA, the European Court of Auditors, the Restaurant Association of Ireland, Foodcloud, Bord Bia, local authorities and others gathered to build momentum on tackling food waste in Ireland.