Food Waste in Canada

If you’re like many other Canadians, every week two or three items go almost directly from your grocery shopping cart to the compost or garbage bin.

It’s estimated that in Canada, $31 billion worth of food ends up in landfills or composts annually. Despite the amount of food being wasted annually – there are still millions of Canadians going hungry. Every month more than 800,000 people use food banks.

I believe that the federal government has a role to play in reducing food waste, and in fostering more sustainable methods of food production.

This winter, I presented a motion to the House of Commons. My motion is meant to be a wake-up call and a way to increase awareness, encourage dialogue, support existing initiatives and perhaps encourage new ones.

Ensuring that Canadians have healthy, affordable food is a priority for New Democrats. In the coming months, we will be proposing a pan-Canadian food strategy. Our vision is for a food system that connects Canadians from farm to fork.

I truly believe that each of us can do our part to reduce food waste. Identifying the causes of food waste and developing solutions requires looking at the entire value chain, not just sectors in isolation of one another. We need a long-term vision that benefits producers, processors and consumers.

Now it’s time for all of us to do our part.

Join me by signing the petition here!

You can also join the online campaign here.