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Help Fight Food Waste

Fight Food Waste
Written by ecoCaledon

As Caledon citizens, we all want to do our part to reduce our personal carbon footprints and help the planet. Gratitude for Food, a sub-committee of ecoCaledon, is raising awareness of one key area where individuals and businesses alike can make a huge difference – FOOD WASTE.

Did you know that food waste is a huge contributor to global warming? Food is among the largest drivers of global environmental changes, generating 193 million tonnes of Greenhouse gases per year.

In 2022, the National Zero Waste Council conducted research on household food waste in Canada, and the results were mind blowing.

  • 63% of the food Canadians throw away could have been eaten.
  • For the average Canadian household, that amounts to 140 kilograms of wasted food per year – at a cost of more than $1,300 per year!
  • For Canada as a whole, that amounts to almost 2.3 million tonnes of edible food wasted each year, costing Canadians in excess of $20 billion!

When food is wasted – by families, restaurants, and grocery stores – we are also wasting all of the resources that go into producing that food. That means we are wasting water, land, energy and labour, as well as the fuel that was needed to transport that food.

At the same time, we have a real food insecurity issue, with many people in our community unable to afford access to healthy food and having to rely on food banks.

Since food is a daily part of our lives, food waste is a valuable issue and should be a priority for everyone.  Food waste reduction is a climate change solution that literally everyone can get behind!

At home, the following tips can help you take action on food waste:

  • Plan your Plate! Meal planning and using a shopping list saves you time, money and prevents good food from ending up in the green bin.
  • Take Inventory! Before hitting the grocery store, check the fridge and pantry to see what needs to be used up.
  • Store it Right! Once you get food home from the grocery store, store food in the appropriate area of the fridge to maximize and prolong freshness.
  • Learn to Love your Leftovers! Tonight’s dinner can become tomorrow’s lunch. Or, freeze extra portions to enjoy another night.
  • Get Creative! Stale bread can become croutons or bread pudding. Check out Love Food Hate Waste Canada to see how you can turn extra ingredients into a recipe.

Are you a Caledon business? Consider reducing food waste by signing up for one of the following:

Too Good to Go Every day, unsold food from restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, and shops goes to waste simply because it isn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app makes it easy to make a difference, allowing businesses to sell surplus food at a discounted price and help the planet.

Check out the app to see which Caledon businesses are registered! Including Caledon’s very own Coffee Time Bolton,  “Now with more users (on the Too Good to Go app) – we are proud to boast that we are the FIRST restaurant in Bolton to be on the app! Download the app now to access our surprise bags – baked goods, sandwiches, soup, who knows! Typically you’ll pay no more than 1/4 the cost of all items combined,” said owner Diana Mollicone.

Food Rescue, Second Harvest  Food Rescue is the action of preventing good surplus food from being wasted by collecting it and redistributing it to feed people in need.  Second Harvest works with businesses across the food supply chain to reduce the amount of edible food going to waste. The food Second Harvest recovers is redirected to thousands of charities and non-profit organizations, ensuring more people have access to healthy food.

“Cutting food waste is a delicious way of saving money, helping to feed the world and protect the planet” – Tristram Stuart

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