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 (Français). This guide for collaborative action was developed through extensive consultation with the Canadian agri-food sector, government and community organizations, as well as international FLW leaders.
The strategy uses the waste hierarchy and circular economy principles to prioritize action throughout the value chain. Attention is paid to points of production, processing and distribution, where food loss and waste is highest, taking into consideration the challenges of Canada’s vast geography and sparse population centres. The strategy also recognizes the important links between food loss 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 that captures value from FLW
- Removal of barriers to heighten recovery of surplus food through gleaning and charitable networks
- Elimination of financial, legal and policy obstacles surrounding food donations
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.