Major benefits in tackling food waste

The economic costs of food waste are significant, but so are the negative impacts on community resiliency and the environment of letting food go to waste. To learn more about the multiple benefits of reducing food waste, 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 generates greenhouse gas emissions, primarily from the methane emissions from landfills. To learn about how reducing food waste could help Canada meet its commitments under the Paris Climate Accord, read our technical report, Food Waste Management + Climate Action and executive summary.


Working together to reduce food waste

Food waste is generated all along the food supply chain – from farm to fork. So solving the problem of food waste will require collaboration and the collective actions of farmers, businesses involved in food processing, packaging and retailing, all levels of government, community groups and organizations, and consumers.  We are all a part of the problem and should be active in its solution.

Distribution of Canadian food waste


The Council has developed a National Food Waste Reduction Strategy that provides the basis for this collaboration.  It reflects a systems-based approach to identifying solutions to a complex problem.

The Federal Government is interested in the food issues that concern you. To learn more and to provide your ideas, A Food Policy for Canada.

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.