This research is a world first and shows we need to radically change how we value food
Nearly 60% of food produced in Canada – or 35.5 million tonnes – is lost and wasted annually.
32% or 11.2 million tonnes of that food is edible and 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 food waste.
The current system makes it too easy to blame other departments or cite excuses for why change should not occur. The common mantra is: ‘We have industry average shrink so there’s not a problem and no need to change
The average consumer is not aware of the staggering and depressing extent of food loss and waste.
We live in an environment where food is cheap and plentiful, and few people have experienced hunger or food insecurity. Therefore, societal attitudes do not support avoiding food waste.
Forbes - Three key reports in the last week all call for less wasted food
The Globe and Mail - Vast majority of Canadian food waste takes place within the food industry - and not at the household level, study finds
National Post - Flush the Milk: Study finds more than half of food produced in Canada is wasted
This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation.