Canada food wastes continues to pile up
A new study conducted by the environmental watchdog Commission for Environmental Cooperation showed that Canada is one of the top food-wasters in the world with almost 400 kilograms of food per capita going to the dump.
According to the study, a Canadian wastes about 396 kilograms of food annually, roughly the same volume that of an American (415 kgs). Wastage is identified as foods that were lost when spilled or spoiled from farm to table.
The food wastage was valued at $30 billion per year, creating 21 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions as majority of these spoiled food goes to landfills. Consumers are the biggest contributors to wastage, tossing away more than 170 kgs of food annually.
CEC, however, believes that the colossal food waste Canada creates also presents smart business action plan – with opportunities arising in the middle part of the food chain.
The environmental group said that industries can be developed to help collect, process, distribute and prepare food in groceries, where such food wastage is most apparent.
It is also an opportunity for restaurant owners to rethink and reduce their servings, and even providing options to customers on what food item should be included in their menu.