Nearly 60 percent of food produced in Canada – amounting to 35.5 million metric tonnes – is lost and wasted annually. Of that, 32 percent – equalling 11.2 million metric tonnes of lost food – is avoidable and is edible food that could be redirected to support people in our communities.
The total financial value of this potentially rescuable lost and wasted food is a staggering $49.46 billion.
These unprecedented findings are the result of a year-long research project undertaken by Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International, a leading public and industry voice in the area of food waste.
of all the food produced in Canada is lost or wasted (that's 35.5 metric million tonnes)
of this lost and wasted food could be rescued to support communities across Canada
the total financial value of this potentially rescuable lost and wasted food
of CO2 equivalent emissions are created annually by food waste in Canada.