Select Committee on Environmental Audit Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter to the Clerk of the Committee and memorandum from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)


  FDF has seen and discussed the Committee's request for written evidence in respect of the above enquiry. Whilst FDF does not consider it appropriate to respond to the specific issues highlighted in the Committee's press notice of 24 January, I am pleased to enclose a copy of the FDF UK Food and Drink Sector Interim Report for the UN Summit taking place in August. I hope that it both informs and encourages you about the progress this sector has made to date.

  Sustainable development is one of the key challenges facing society in the 21st century. As the food and drink industry lies at the heart of sustainability, in supplying the world's population with food, we are committed to making an active contribution. In particular, we are committed to minimising our environmental impact and working towards the objective of long term sustainability.

  We want to increase our understanding of what sustainable development will mean for us in practice and to raise awareness of the issues amongst our membership. We have therefore created a specialist group of industry experts on sustainable development who are now working to develop guidelines on practical measures that can be taken by manufacturing companies.

  As a first step the Group has produced this Interim Report. It reviews progress by the industry in tackling sustainable development issues since Rio 1992, set against the UK Government's four defining objectives. The final chapter addresses some future challenges. The Report is intended to provide a basis for discussion with other stakeholders in the run up to the September Summit.

  We are circulating our Report widely to seek the views of a full range of stakeholders and would greatly appreciate any comments you might have.

David Bellamy

Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Division

February 2002

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