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STATE MENT

MINISTER PRIMARY

FOR l o 8 ^,

I NDUSTRY

FOR RELEASE : N00N, 12TH SE PTEMBER 1970

NEED TO TACKLE FOOD WASTE PROBLEM

Waste was one of the main causes of the world's protein shortage, the Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony, said

today.

He was opening a new Food Technology building at the

Queensland Agricultural College at Lawes (Gatton).

Mr. Anthony said he hoped food scientists and technologists would be able to devote increasing attention to the problem of

food waste.

It had been estimated that the world was producing three

times its protein requirements, but much of it was being lost through waste at all stages of production, storage, processing

and consumption, he said.

In the United States, estimates of average annual losses in agricultural production scent as high as $20,000 million.

Mr. Anthony said the FAO conference which ended in Canberra

this week had set up a special panel, chaired by Australia, to study the waste problem,

It was likely that, with the agreement of member

Governments, a research institute to examine problems of plant disease, and an animal health institute would be established to

serve the Far East region.

These new institutes would be of tremendous value in tackling the problem of waste occurring in food production.

12th September, 1970