Ontario has a Food Waste Problem

Food waste and loss takes place all along the supply chain starting from the farming process to the retail stage and in the home. In a recent article (Read more), CityNews explores Canada’s massive food waste problem that is literally taking over our landfills.

By the Numbers

  • More than half of the food produced in Canada is wasted
  • The value of groceries landing in disposal sites and landfills is almost $50 billion
  • Annual food waste costs around $860 per person in Canada
  • Ontario alone wastes 4 million tonnes of food per year

Retailers such as Loblaws are beginning to manage their food surplus more effectively, but there is still room for improvement. Two exciting mobile apps based in Toronto that are helping mitigate food waste at the retail level are Flashfood and B12Give

Want to learn more about how to reduce food waste to save money and the planet? On February 18hth, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is hosting a screening of the documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. After the screening, there will be a panel to discuss ways to reduce food waste featuring: 

  • Monica Bettson, Community Chef, The Stop Community Food Centre
  • Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest
  • Kim Rawlings, co-owner, Montgomery’s restaurant; elected Vice-Chair,  Toronto Food Policy Council

For more information and to buy tickets visit https://boxoffice.hotdocs.ca/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=111847~fff311b7-cdad-4e14-9ae4-a9905e1b9cb0