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The dramatic rise of Food Waste is concerning… and many of us play a role.

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How much food do you waste each day, each week, each month? Many of us do it and it all adds up to create some staggering statistics. Organic waste creates methane gas which is 25x more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.

Globally, access to affordable meals is a bigger issue than most of us realize. Access to nutritious and affordable meals is very much a Social Problem with a potentially easy solution: we need to repurpose good food before it goes into a landfill.

Globally

33%

of all globally produced food each year is wasted, which could feed as many as 2 billion people per year.

Food waste amounts to approximately $680 billion per year in industrialized countries.

If food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd producer of greenhouse emissions in the world, just behind China and the US.

Source: FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). www.foodwastexperts.com

In canada

66%

Of the food waste in Canada occurs in households, supermarkets, restaurants and catering businesses

Food waste represents $31 billion per year in Canada (2% of Canada’s GDP).

Each year, Canadians waste 183 Kg of food per person: adding up to 6,000,000 million tons of food waste. This is equivalent to the weight of ONE MILLION full-grown elephants.

In 2015, the United Nations set sustainable development goals that included a commitment to reducing food waste by 50% by 2030. Canada risks falling behind.

Source: Gooch, M., Felfel, A., & Glasbey, C. 2014, December – VCM International Report, Commission for Environmental Cooperation – White Paper C. 2017. National Zero Waste Council. | LINK 1 | LINK 2