Food waste is one of the biggest challenges facing Canada’s food processing industry.
The food waste problem is also being discussed in the U.S.
A new report by food waste consultancy Pest Management Solutions outlines seven steps Canadians can take to minimize the amount of food they’re producing and consume.
The report, which was released Wednesday, identifies seven steps to reduce food waste and food waste-related greenhouse gas emissions in Canada:1.
Consider using waste to produce other food items, such as baked goods, pastries, desserts, and drinks.
This could reduce food wastage by up to 80 per cent in Canada.2.
Use less food waste to manufacture products that can be used as a source of income or to meet health and nutrition needs.3.
Use food waste less as a result of seasonal and cultural changes, such a planting of trees, or the introduction of new species.4.
Take more time to properly store and prepare food items.5.
Take measures to avoid food waste by making the food you consume more nutritious.6.
Reduce the amount and use of packaging.7.
Consider taking some of the waste to a landfill or recycling program.
“The food waste question is at the heart of the discussion around food waste in Canada, with many food processing firms saying they have no choice but to either recycle food waste or make it more environmentally friendly,” said David Anderson, president of Pest.
“Consumers should be aware of the opportunities available to reduce their food waste, including ways to save on their food costs, by minimizing the amount they waste.”
To learn more about how to get around food wastages in Canada and how to reduce your food waste:1) Use food recycling to recycle, store, and use food waste.2) Invest in food-quality compost and food-grade packaging.3) Consider using recycled plastic, glass, and metal.4) Reduce the number of food items that are consumed.5) Take advantage of local food producers.6) Consider investing in local, healthy, local-grown food and local-certified farmers markets.7) Consider purchasing more local and sustainable food.