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Food Waste

Be honest: How often do you throw away food? Maybe that can of peas has gone past the expiry date, or maybe that bunch of carrots doesn’t look as fresh as it should. Most likely, you toss it in the garbage.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets wasted each year, with fruits and vegetables accounting for the highest amount of food wasted.

In Canada, we’re no different.

Ontario wants to ban food waste from being thrown in curbside trash bags by 2022.

Food and organic waste made up about a third of Ontario's total waste in 2014, according to a discussion paper prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

That same paper states that nearly 2.4 million tonnes of food and organic waste was sent to disposal at landfills in 2014.

To combat this the province announced a strategy for "a waste-free Ontario" that includes 15 action points to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills.

In Canada, $31 billion worth of food ends up in landfills or composters each year, according to a 2014 report from Value Chain Management International. It's part of a global problem where 1.3 billion tonnes of food gets thrown out each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Love Food Hate Waste is here to help us all make the most of the food we love.

LFHW Canada is modelled on the LFHW campaign in the UK – a proven behaviour change campaign that, in its first five years, helped cut avoidable food waste by 21 percent, saving UK consumers £13 billion.

Food waste is an urgent, but solvable, global challenge. One third of all food produced globally is wasted and in Canada 47% of the value of food waste can be attributed to households.

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