Food Waste Statistics In Canada

Mar 12, 2024

Preventing food waste is one of the easiest and most powerful actions an individual consumer can take to lower their carbon footprint. 

Wasting less food reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves natural resources. Reducing food waste also saves money and yet, food waste is still a pressing problem not just in Canada, but around the world.

Every year, mountains of food are wasted or lost globally, which results in financial losses and greenhouse gas emissions. Even though much of that waste is avoidable, food waste is still high in most industrialised countries.

In this article, we take a brief look at food waste at the global level before focusing on food waste in Canada.

What is food waste and why it occurs?

Food waste is the amount of food thrown out. It occurs because of improper storage, overbuying, confusion over food labels, inefficiently used ingredients going bad, and poor planning.

Many organisations in Canada are working with farmers and distributors to limit the overproduction of food and teach consumers how to minimise food waste at home through better planning and understanding of food labels.

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