Neil made the keynote speech at the Southwest Food & Drinks Manufacturers Event at Exeter University on food waste and the 'circular economy'.
He discussed the Environment Committee's current inquiry into food waste and reducing the amount of food destroyed in the supply chain process. He also talked about increasing the UK's recyling rates, which have stalled in recent years.
The South West is one of the UK's regional powerhouses for food and drink and Neil spoke about boosting domestic sales to stop expensive and wasteful imports from abroad.
After the event, Neil said:
"It was a pleasure to speak about the event. The more we can to do recycle and save food, the better - there were so many fantastic ideas discussed throughout. I look forward to the Committee's report on food waste being published this year."