Ruth Ellen Brosseau Urges Government to Take Action on Food Waste


OTTAWA – NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) held a press conference this morning with Éric Ménard, food waste specialist, Paul Van der Werf, environmental consultant and founder of 2cg, and the Escouade anti-gaspillage de l'Outaouais. Food waste is a serious problem in our country. Brosseau’s bill would establish a day of awareness and a national strategy to reduce food waste. 

“In 2015, people in Canada wasted over 31 billion dollars’ worth of food,” said Brosseau. “It’s important to raise public awareness through a national awareness day and take concrete action with a national strategy. This will be key to effectively managing food waste. The federal government must be a leader on this issue and work with stakeholders and the provinces and territories.”

Food waste has a significant impact on both the economy and the environment. Not only does food waste cost consumers an average of $771 a year, according to some studies, but  food waste is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

“From farm to plate, food waste is everyone’s problem. If the government is serious about fighting climate change, it must address food waste immediately,” said Brosseau. “Arash Derambarsh, who proposed legislation against food waste in France, has already announced his support of Brosseau’s bill. He will be with us in the coming weeks to support the bill publicly.” 

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