OzHarvest, the UN Environment Program and the UN Food & Agriculture Association are working together to tackle the increasingly important issues around food, food security and food waste.
Today I was proud to join OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn in Martin Place as celebrity chefs and volunteers served up thousands of delicious free meals, all made with rescued produce.
The event highlighted the fact that each year, Australians throw away $10 billion worth of food. Around four million tonnes of it ends up in landfill.
Our country alone produces enough food to feed about 60 million people, yet there are two million Australians who still rely on food relief. Agencies say they struggle to meet the demand, with almost 90 per cent saying they cannot feed as many as come to them.
For every five shopping bags of food taken into Australian homes, the equivalent of one bag of food will end up in the garbage. We can't afford to go on doing this.
You may have seen the City of Sydney's new marketing campaign to encourage people to reduce food waste. Visit www.greenvillages.com.au/food-waste to find some great tips on reducing your food waste.
OzHarvest was founded to help remedy that situation, taking unwanted food, food that otherwise would go to landfill, and turning it into healthy and tasty meals to deliver to people in need.
Food and nutrition are fundamental needs we all share. We all share, too, the fundamental need for a healthy and sustainable planet.
So I urge everyone to support Think Eat Save by making a pledge to reduce your own food wastage. Involve your families, your friends, your community and make food wastage a thing of the past.