Council Sets a Framework for Canada
The fight against food loss and waste (FLW) calls for a systems approach to change that combines policy and practice.
The National Zero Waste Council has responded with A Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada. This guide for collaborative action was developed through extensive consultation with the Canadian agri-food sector, government, community organizations, and international FLW leaders.
Attention is paid to points of production, processing and distribution, where FLW is highest. The Strategy considers the challenges of Canada’s vast geography and sparse population centres, and the links between FLW and climate change.
Recommendation highlights from the report include:
- Increased measurement and monitoring
- Changes to date labelling
- Processing that rethinks food product types, considers packaging needs, and embraces innovative technology
- Removal of barriers to surplus food recovery through gleaning and charitable networks
- Elimination of financial, legal and policy obstacles surrounding food donations
Circular Food Systems
As a founding member of Circular Economy Leadership Canada, the National Zero Waste Council is part of the
Circular Food Systems work stream.
In collaboration with Guelph-Wellington’s Our Food Future and NGen: Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, we released Circular Food Solutions in Canada: A Coast to Coast Landscape Scan. This report presents snapshots of circular food system solutions found in Canada, focusing mostly on examples which have not previously been profiled in published resources.
Love Food Hate Waste
The Council and core partners lead a national, consumer-facing food waste reduction campaign. Visit
Love Food Hate Waste Canada for simple tips and ideas to help you reduce food waste at home.