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Food waste, sustainable diets and climate change Coherent solutions in the long view

Reynolds, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-1073-7394 (2021). Food waste, sustainable diets and climate change Coherent solutions in the long view. Paper presented at the Food Values Research Group, The University of Adelaide, June 2021 seminar, 28 Jun 2021, Virtual.


In the last decade, issues relating to food waste and loss and sustainable diets have rapidly risen up the social and political agenda. There is no doubt that they will feature heavily in the discussions at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow later this year. Indeed, the food system is estimated to contribute up to 37% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with food waste, linked to 8-11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. As such, there is a need for drastic change to transform the food system and minimise its impact on climate and dietary health. There is a range of policy solutions available at the local, state, national, and international levels, but there is limited coherence and communication between policy actors. This talk will highlight the historic roots and feedback loops of food systems and climate change; and propose policy solutions that are coherent with a wide variety of food system objectives (healthy eating, food waste, safety, animal welfare, local food, labour conditions etc), and viable at different governmental scales. The talk will conclude by showing how different interventions for these solutions can have the most impact now (as governments attempt to build back better from the impacts of COVID-19) and in the long view. For video recording see

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Additional Information: Copyright the author, 2021.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TX Home economics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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