food waste





If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, after the United States and China.

Food waste produces 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually.



Canadians waste $31 billion worth of food annually.

The annual amount wasted at home is about $400 per person, or $1600 a year for a household of four people.



Of the 2 million Canadian households who don’t have enough money to eat, 383,000 are in Quebec. 

One third (33%) of the food produced worldwide for human consumption annually --about 1.3 billion tons-- is lost or wasted.


Did you know...

In canada, 40% of the food produced annually is wasted?

47% of food waste occurs in Canadian households.

It's understandable to play the blame game, whether it's shaming the person who only eats half their meal at a cafe or the supermarket that tosses bruised apples. (And don't get us wrong: grocery stores, restaurants and hotels do waste a lot of food.) Ultimately though, it's us as individuals who are mostly responsible for food waste.

Canadians throw away 31 million pounds of food annually. Of what's tossed in households, two-thirds is fruits and vegetables. Worse yet, that's a huge waste of fossil fuels, pesticides, fresh water, money and more. 

By being half the problem, we have the power and responsibility to be the solution.

Share More. Waste Less. 


Sources: VCM International (2014), FAO (2013), Household Food Insecurity in Canada (2013)