Major benefits in tackling food waste

The Council launched on May 29, 2018 A Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada. This strategy provides suggested actions throughout the food supply chain that can help move Canada towards a 50% reduction in food waste. The opportunities associated with preventing and reducing food loss and waste are significant. They range from increasing market opportunities for Canadian businesses, and enhancing our country’s innovation profile, through to further building community resiliency and better access to nutritional food for all Canadians.

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".

Food waste generated greenhouse gas emissions – primarily from the methane emissions from landfills.  A comprehensive strategy to manage food waste, including an aggressive campaign to prevent food waste, would help close the gap between Canada’s existing plan to reduce greenhouse gases and its 2030 target under the Paris Climate Accord.  Read Food Waste Management + Climate Action: National GHG Reduction Potential.

NEW! Research report: Less Food Loss & Waste, Less Packaging Waste

NZWC research findings suggest that there are ways to reduce GHG emissions from both food waste and packaging waste, and that food requires sustainable packaging choices to avoid waste – in the supply chain and at home.
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English Report  
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Love Food Hate Waste Canada

In July 2018, the Council and its campaign partners launched a national food waste reduction campaign: Love Food Hate Waste Canada / J’aime manger pas gaspiller Canada. Visit the campaign website for easy tips and ideas to help you reduce food waste at home.

Measuring and Monitoring Food Waste

Measuring food waste throughout the supply chain is critical for understanding when and how we can address food waste, and when strategic action has been successful. Making sure there is not only a shared commitment to measure, but that collectively, governments, businesses and even households are measuring the same things and are using a shared language is also important. In 2018, the Council produced a report (version française) that recommended methodologies for measuring residential food waste. These methodologies align with the FLW Protocol, and are primarily recommended for local and provincial governments, as well as academic researchers.


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 A Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada 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


1/2 wasted!


Globally about half of all food produced is not eaten. This is not only a waste of food but also of the resources associated with its production, processing and distribution.

Cost: $49 billion


In Canada, $49 billion worth of food is sent to landfill or is composted each year. If the value of inputs required to grow this food were included, such as water, power, labour, etc., the dollar figure would rise to over $100 billion.

Time to Mobilize


Canada’s leading food retailers announced in 2019 a voluntary commitment to measure, monitor, and act on reducing FLW to 50% by 2025. 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.