The head of a newly launched green group in Macao has vowed to battle food waste and help preserve the environment.
Society of Food and Environmental Health (SFEH) President Ruby O said her group aims to promote the importance of food waste prevention, as well as enhance awareness of the need to reduce environmental pollution.
O made the remarks after the association’s inauguration ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Macau Science Center. She said SFEH “brings together all professionals from the food and environmental health industries, explores industrial and academic collaboration that promotes innovation practices and product developments, serving as a supportive role to enhance communication and collaboration on the implementation and development of policies and regulatory requirements.”
O said that the promotion of these topics would allow the public to enhance tourism while providing food under safe conditions.
When asked what suggestions can be given to businesses concerned about the cost caused by environmental protection, O noted that transaction costs should not be the only cost considered and that the environment should be considered as a factor, adding that environmental protection is a fundamental part of the long-term development of business.
O also said that as climate change is a concern of the younger generation, her association hopes that environmental protection and efforts to reduce pollution can be a part of the consideration of the relationship between food safety and the environment.
O emphasised that more people need to be involved, and that education about the issue through schools, improved understanding of food waste reduction, heightened awareness of the impact of pollution on the environment, increasing concern for food safety, and cherishing one’s food are all ways to accomplish the association’s aims.