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16 Jan 2013

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers' report: Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not recently called for urgent action to prevent 50% of all food produced in the world from ending up as waste.

This is a complex issue which needs multi-disciplinary stakeholder groups to collaborate to find solutions. Policy makers, scientists, engineers, industry, retail and consumers all have a role.

SCI, a multi-disciplinary forum connecting science and business to tackle major challenges facing society, is holding a conference on this critical issue on 5 March 2013. Waste Not Want Not: Agri-Food Waste Solutions for a Hungry World will bring together representatives from all the key stakeholder groups to discuss agri-food waste and initiatives to address the problem across the world from farm to fork.

The speakers at the conference come from a range of organisations including, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Sainsbury’s, Canfield University and Campden BRI.

The following will be covered:

  • UK and global perspectives on the scale of the problem,
  • Initiatives to reduce food waste for consumers and retailers,
  • Reducing packaging waste without increasing food spoilage,
  • Plans to put waste to positive use by 2020,
  • Reducing waste on farms and in storage.

There will also be a showcase of some of the projects now underway to take advantage of the opportunities to reduce food waste.

Please visit www.soci.org/events for more information on the event.

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About SCI: where science meets business

SCI is a unique global multidisciplinary network connecting scientists, business people, students and other key players involved in science-based innovation. SCI promotes innovation via its international network to advance the commercial application of science into industry for the benefit of society.

SCI works across crucial sectors as diverse as food and bio-renewables, water, environment, energy, materials and manufacturing, and health and wellbeing.

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