Food rescue, food waste

Food that is produced for human consumption but not eaten due to waste throughout the food system has negative environmental, social, and economic impacts. Announced in April, the office is delving into food rescue and waste for our major project of 2022/23. We’re working with experts and stakeholders across the motu and drawing on international experiences to understand the problem and explore evidence-based solutions to combat food waste throughout the food system.

The first report in our food waste series is available below.

For more details on the project, download the framework that we developed with stakeholders, experts, and government earlier in the year.

Our reference group

Our mahi is guided and informed by experts and stakeholders from across the motu, who we are thrilled to be working with. A huge thank you to everyone who has reached out so far. Well over 200 people are involved already – you can read their names in our report below. The more the merrier – if you’d like to be on the reference group, please contact us

Our reports

We are approaching this project as a series of reports tackling different parts of the food waste puzzle. You can read the project publications below.

Project framework

The project framework outlines our approach to the food waste mahi. It also introduces the project vision: Everyone in the food system works collaboratively to reduce the environmental, social, and economic costs of food waste by preventing food waste in the first instance and working to capture the value of surplus and wasted food where prevention doesn’t occur.

Download the framework (PDF, 287KB)

Food waste: A global and local problem

This report, the first in the series, explains why food waste is a problem, across environmental, social, and economic dimensions. It explores the definition of food waste, outlines what is known about the scale of problem globally and in Aotearoa and defines the scope of the OPMCSA food waste project. It finishes by highlighting the diversity of stakeholders involved in combatting food waste and summarising existing governmental and intergovernmental efforts.

Download Food waste: A global and local problem (PDF, 3440KB)