Tips and Tricks to Help Reduce Food Waste

Here are a few tips and tricks to help reduce food waste.

According to the Value Chain Management Centre, consumers are responsible for about 50% of Canada’s food waste. Some studies show that each individual throws out an average of $771 worth of food a year, which amounts to thousands of dollars a family.

The fight against food waste is everyone’s business! Here are 10 tricks and tips on how to reduce food waste at home.

  1. Plan your meals in advance and buy only the food you need.
  2. At the grocery store, don’t overlook odd-looking fruits and vegetables. Sometimes you can save money on these sorts of items.
  3. Prepare a few meals in advance and prepare smaller portions.
  4. Clean your refrigerator out regularly and make sure that it is set to the proper temperature (usually between 0°C and 4°C for the fridge and -17°C and -15°C for the freezer).
  5. Organize your refrigerator so that you can find food quickly.
  6. Store your food in the right place in the fridge. For example, keep fruits and vegetables in the produce bins.
  7. Use airtight containers if you have them.
  8. Use up leftovers if there are any.
  9. Freeze food before it goes bad.
  10. As a last resort, compost any scraps or food that is no longer good to eat.

I introduced Bill C-231, which seeks to reduce food waste. This bill calls on the government to be a leader in the fight against food waste by developing a national strategy and an awareness day.