Our commitment to food waste and sustainable farming
From hunger to food waste, and crop reliance to unsustainable farming, there is something we can all do to play a part in ensuring an ethical, safe and sustainable food chain globally or locally.
Musgrave feeds 1 in 3 people every day across the island of Ireland, and therefore we have a responsibility to ensure the sustainability of our supply chain, from field to fork. Musgrave is also one of the Irish Government’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Champions, and we see this as an opportunity to educate and inspire consumers and businesses to also make changes that positively impact the food chain.
For example, the UN states that there has been a steady rise in hunger globally since 2014, and yet in parallel there are rising cases of obesity and increasing problems with food waste in Western nations.
At Musgrave, reducing food waste is an integral part of our sustainability strategy and our annual targets. We have significantly reduced food waste across our business and brands, and we work with food distribution charity FoodCloud to ensure that any produce that is fit for human consumption is re-distributed to charities supporting people in need.
World Food Day also promotes sustainable and biodiverse farming practices, because climate change and intensive farming have had a serious impact on the planet and the quality of food. Our reliance on a small number of crops globally puts yet more pressure on food chains and resources.
Across all our brands we have a strong focus on local sourcing, ensuring better traceability, welfare standards, sustainability and quality. For example, more than 75% of products on SuperValu shelves are sourced or produced in Ireland – SuperValu is the biggest supporter of local producers in Ireland, and sources goods from over 1,800 Irish suppliers annually.
We are lucky to have such a strong food chain and high standards of food production and animal welfare on the island of Ireland, but we can all play our part in World Food Day by thinking about the food we buy, where it comes from, whether we need it and how to ensure we don’t waste it.
To find out more, and play your part in #WorldFoodDay, visit http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/