Assessing the Environmental Performance of the Food Value Chain

Cover for Assessing the Environmental Performance of the Food Value ChainThe 'Assessing the Environmental Performance of the Food Value Chain' report was prepared in response to a decision by the National Food Industry Council that the Australian Government and industry should develop consistent environmental reporting guidelines for the agrifood sector.

The project was funded by the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, managed by the National Land and Water Resources Audit and has resulted in the development of a framework and guidelines for environmental reporting along food value chains, using pilot studies of the confectionary industry and the bread sector of the baking industry.

The framework adapts the Signposts for Australian Agriculture framework that was developed for the primary production sector so that it can be applied to any sector of the food value chain:
  • primary production
  • storage
  • transport, and
  • packaging and processing.

The report also includes a number of recommendations for further action by governments, industry organisations and individual businesses. The Department will be progressing the report’s recommendations for government actions with State food and agriculture agencies.

Last reviewed:
23 May 2011