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FDF's event to showcase need for sustainable and safe food

FBR Staff Writer Published 17 May 2012

Ensuring secure and stable food supplies by producing more from less with low impact on the environment, will be the primary theme of a Food and Drink Federation (FDF) event, which is being held in London, UK, on 21 May, ahead of the Rio + 20 summit in June.

The Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman will be giving the keynote address during the event, and will present UK Government's aims and ambitions for the Rio conference on sustainable development conducted by the United Nations.

The FDF event will assess the challenges and opportunities present in greening the food systems worldwide and the steps food and drink manufacturers can take in order to bring the change.

It will showcase the food and drink manufacturing as one of the leading green growth sector in the UK, which combines aspects such as resource efficiency and sustainable development to address food security and climate change.

Caroline Spelman said that ensuring a secure, stable and sustainable food supply for a growing population is one of the most pressing issues of the current times.

"The Rio+20 summit next month is an opportunity to get the world on the right path to more sustainable ways of growing and supplying food at less environmental cost," Spelman added.

FDF Sustainability director Andrew Kuyk said the event will discuss how the Rio summit will help meet the growing demand for safe, secure, nutritious and affordable food, while protecting and improving the vital natural resources on which production depends.

The Rio + 20 summit, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will feature aspects such as food, water and energy security and will evaluate the progress since the first United Nations' 1992 Earth Summit that was also held in Rio.

During the Rio conference, world leaders will discuss steps needed to be taken to promote green growth and development, in order to address the growing problem of population growth and climate change over the next 20 years and beyond.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) represents the food and drink manufacturing industry - the UK's largest manufacturing sector.