The Australian red meat industry is dedicated to reducing its waste, and has a set a long-term goal of ‘zero waste’ discharge. Zero waste revolves around redirecting waste towards recycling, beneficial re-use or new value-add by-product streams.
Research and development is currently underway to help red meat producers reduce and re-use waste on farms and at feedlots and processors. These solutions are aimed at:
An exciting industry initiative is the Wastes to Profits project. This project aims to deliver advanced technologies to convert wastes from livestock production and municipal water treatment into fertilisers, feeds, chemicals, and energy products for use in agriculture. The overall aim of the project is to improve productivity and enhance profitability for red meat producers.
Plastic-free meat trays and technologies which extend shelf life are just two of the ways the red meat industry is helping to reduce food wastage. With an estimated one-third of all food produced globally thrown away every year across the value chain, the industry has stepped up to the challenge to revolutionise red meat packaging.
The industry is focused on stemming food wastage with the following initiatives: