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WWF calls for business to work towards sustainable food security

October 2015

A new report from WWF-UK finds that businesses want to see government taking bold actions to create a food system that serves citizens, the economy and planet alike.

Businesses must also actively seek opportunities to work together for sustainable food security, the report says, and the government must create the conditions to make it easier for businesses to collaborate to deliver long-term food security for all.

The report, produced with the Food Ethics Council, is entitled ‘From individual to collective action: exploring the business case for addressing sustainable food security’. It looks at moving ‘from individual to collective action’ and concludes that sustainable food security delivers long-term business security.

Currently, 85% of global fisheries may be over their maximum capacity or over exploited, and 70% of all extracted water relates to food production. The world’s population and inequality in calorific intake are only set to increase.

The report concludes that businesses must collaborate to safeguard their own future – and that of the sector as a whole. It offers practical advice from businesses already working on sustainable food security, and tips on strengthening the business case.

Duncan Williamson, WWF-UK expert on sustainable food security, said: “It’s heartening to see that more companies are grappling with the issues of sustainable food systems, but if we’re all to reap the benefits, they need to act boldly, and quickly.”

Dan Crossley, executive director of the Food Ethics Council added: “In working on this report with WWF-UK, it became increasingly clear that some food businesses have a narrow understanding of food security. We’d urge them to join forces to tackle the issues head on, to safeguard their own futures, and at the same time the long-term wellbeing of their customers, workforce, producer communities and the planet.”

UK & NI Ireland | supply chain

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