Major benefits in tackling food waste

Food waste is a huge problem—and opportunity--worldwide. Major nations have recognized this and are beginning to act, but Canada lags behind.

As a leadership initiative of governments, businesses and community organizations from many sectors, our Council is well-suited to address the many facets of this complex issue.


How we're tackling food waste

We are now asking that Canada develop a comprehensive National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, and inviting businesses, NGOs and governments and concerned citizens to contribute to this strategy

And, we are campaigning for one of a suite of tools needed in that strategy -- a federal tax incentive to boost corporate donations of nutritious food.

Our Food Working Group brings together diverse expertise in this area, advising the Secretariat on strategies and research.

This indicates, above all, that preventing food waste could yield major benefits for our economy, environment and communities – so don’t be surprised if the issue elbows its way onto political agendas in the near future.

Update: FCM adopts NZWC Tax Incentive Proposal as Policy News Release

To learn more, please see our formal submission to Canada’s federal government, “Reducing food waste & cutting Canada’s carbon emissions: Policies for reaping the environmental, economic and social benefits (June 2016).

Food Waste Chart

Facts about Food Waste


1/3 wasted!


About a third of all food produced is lost or wasted from farm to fork. This costs us dearly and accounts for 8% of all carbon pollution (UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 2013)

Cost: $31 billion - $107 billion


Food waste costs Canada’s economy $31 billion-$107 billion annually. Carbon pollution from organic material in landfills accounts for about 4% of the national total (Environment Canada and food waste accounts for more than half of all organics disposed.

Nations mobilize


The U.S. government has committed to reducing food waste by 50% by 2030 and in 2015 Congress began considering a wide-ranging Food Recovery Act. In 2016, France banned the disposal of edible food by major retailers and Italy introduced similar legislation banned.