Is food waste a problem in Canada?

According to the National Zero Waste Council’s research on household food waste in Canada, almost 2.2 million tonnes of edible food is wasted each year, costing Canadians in excess of $17 billion. In addition to the economic costs, food waste has substantial environmental impacts.

How bad is Canada’s food waste problem?

2019 found that 58 per cent of all food produced in Canada — 35.5 million tonnes — is lost or wasted and about a third of that wasted food could be “rescued” and sent to communities in need across the country. Read the full UNEP report here.

Does Canada waste a lot of food?

Relying primarily on a 2019 report from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the UNEP found that Canadians waste 79 kilograms of household food, per capita, per year, for a total of 2.94 million metric tonnes of household food waste per year.

How much of Canada’s food is wasted?

Approximately 58% of food produced in Canada is lost or wasted each year.

Where does Canada rank in food waste?

Canada ranked third overall, much to the surprise of everyone interviewed for this article. When IPS questioned the Barilla Center about food waste it said Canada ranked poorly, in fact 65th out of 67 counties with 80 kilograms (kg) of food waste per capita per year based their estimates.

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How does Canada deal with food waste?

The Government of Canada is also supporting the reduction of food waste during COVID-19 through the Surplus Food Rescue Program. This program diverts excess food from waste or disposal while addressing food insecurity of vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic.

How does Canada prevent food waste?

Canada is committed to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which sets a target to “halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses” by 2030.

Which country wastes the most food?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the two countries with the largest populations generate the highest food waste totals, according to the report. China came first with an estimated 91.6 million tonnes of discarded food annually, followed by India’s 68.8 million tonnes.

Is food waste a problem?

In landfills, food gradually breaks down to form methane, a greenhouse gas that’s up to 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. … In addition, food waste is responsible for more than 25 percent of all the freshwater consumption in the US each year, and is among the leading causes of fresh water pollution.

Why is food waste bad?

But wasted food isn’t just a social or humanitarian concern—it’s an environmental one. When we waste food, we also waste all the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, and package it. And if food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide.

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Can Canada feed itself?

Yes. Canada exports surpluses of beef, pork, chicken, dairy, seafoods, many grains, corn, pulses and oils. We have to import veggies in the winter and to meet demand in other seasons; same for tropical/temperate fruits.

Where is food waste a problem?

While food waste occurs in each stage of the supply chain, ReFed reports that nearly 85% occurs downstream at consumer-facing businesses and homes. Consumer-facing businesses include supermarkets, restaurants, manufacturers, distribution centers, and more.

Why is food being wasted?

The most common causes of household food waste is produce left too long in the fridge or freezer, followed by people not finishing their meals. Producing this wasted food uses 3.6 million hectares of land, 180 gigalitres of water, and generates 1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases.