Did you know every year 6.6 tonnes of household food waste is thrown away? Almost three quarters of this food could have been eaten. And while one of the lowest, a staggering 400,000 tonnes of meat is wasted every year in the UK, mostly in the home.
In 2020 WRAP, an organisation committed to cutting waste and improving the way we use natural resources, gathered 40 organisations across the UK meat industry to form Meat in a Net Zero World. The mission for the group is to improve the way they butcher, pack, and transport meat products, in order to reduce the amount of meat thrown away and minimise carbon emissions.
Even though red meat and milk produced in the UK are among the most sustainable in the world, the industry agreed it could do more to cut carbon emissions and reduce food waste.
In its first 12 months since the Meat in a Net Zero World group was formed, real benefits have been seen. All 40 members of Meat in a Net Zero World are setting carbon reduction targets and have reported improvements, with some organisations seeing as much as a 30% reduction in emissions intensity in a 12 month period.
New on-farm metrics have been agreed for poultry, pigs, beef, and lamb farmers. This allows them to measure and track their carbon emissions reductions effectively. Large food processors are reporting a 30% reduction in the amount of food wasted and are looking for ways to increase efficiencies.
Another positive benefit to the industry working together is that the amount of meat, fish and eggs being redistributed to charities has more than doubled. This results in the equivalent of an additional 10 million meals a year ended up on dinner tables instead of in the bin.
To find out more about Meat In a Net Zero World click here . For more information about how the UK meat industry supports the environment, have a look in more detail at how livestock farming can have a positive impact on the environment.
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