East Cork tackles food wastage
A new drive to reduce food wastage is being spearheaded by a group in East Cork.
Savour Food is a recentlylaunched pilot programme which works with local food processors, retailers and the food services sector in the region to help towards a zerofood-waste strategy.
The group, organising two forthcoming information sessions on February 13 and 28, works with local enterprises helping them to streamline their processes, focusing on practical, environment cess ed, ally-friendly and sociallyaware best practice, as well implementing the very latest in technological developments, to reduce waste.
Currently, the country generates approximately 1.1 million tons of food waste yearly, with an estimated 40% from food production and a further 34% generated in the commercial sector.
The Savour Food waste reduction initiative is driven and supported by The Clean Technology Centre at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) along with Taste Cork and SECAD (South & East Cork Area Development).
The pilot programme is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s rural innovation and development fund.
At the recent launch of Savour Food, spokesman for the initiative, James Hogan, said food waste is a very serious environmental, economic and social issue in Ireland, but “it’s one that we can work together to tackle and have a real impact”.
Savour Food focuses on using better approaches to how food is produced and pro- creating strategies aimed at reducing waste and making use of the latest technological innovations.
Mr Hogan said the pilot programme is about bringing people together to solve a problem, combining the power of a whole region with environmental and industry expertise from CIT’s Clean Technology Centre, the Taste Cork network and SECAD programme.
“We hope to see the whole East Cork food sector coming on board. East Cork can become a leader in sustainable and waste-free food production, giving it a real competitive advantage as an environmentally friendly and more socially responsible food production region,” Mr Hogan added.
Joe Burke, from Taste Cork, said he would “encourage our Taste Cork members to sign up for the programme without delay, in order to secure a place on this very worthwhile initiative”.
Businesses who would like to take part in the initiative can visit savourfood.ie or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (021) 434 4864.