According to a resolution published by the Official Gazette, the Madeira Governing Council has decided to create a regional commission to combat food waste. The document states that the commission will be under the jurisdiction of the vice-president of the Regional Government, while its main objective is to monitor and evaluate food wastage within the region. Also, the commission will be responsible for identifying ‘good food habits’ at regional, national and international level, as well as develop strategies for combating food wastage and create a viable action plan.
In a statement the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque said that ‘the Regional Government intends to go even further to combat this problem. Taking into account the islands specific characteristics, the president said that it is now a priority to prevent food wastage. Also, initiatives need to be implemented to reduce the amount of surplus foodstuffs at every stage of the food supply chain (production, processing, distribution and consumption) and, in the inevitable situations of food surpluses, to re-distribute edible food resources through specific organisations.’
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