Creating a law for all unused edible food to be donated rather put in landfills.
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Every year, $31 billion of food ends up in a landfill in Canada alone. This isn't just stale bread and mouldy produce. This is good to eat food of all sorts. Produce, dairy, grain, protein, and everything outside of those.
Yet, nearly one million Canadians rely on food banks each month, and about four million Canadians are "food insecure", of which 1.5 million are children.
In 2015, the French government passed a law forbidding supermarkets from wasting and deliberately destroying food that can still be eaten. Instead, supermarkets have since been required to donate all unsold food products to charity such as food banks.
A similar anti-food waste law can and should be implemented in Canada, nationwide. As it is, Quebec is now requiring that all supermarkets give unused food to foodbanks. Doing the same on a federal scale is not inconceivable. It is doable, and it is already being done in communities worldwide.
In addition to the people who would be positively affected, food waste contributes greatly to climate change. Reducing food waste would benefit our environment.
This petition urges the Govenment of Canada through Arif Virani to approach the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture, to create a federal program to combat food waste.
I have created a Not For Profit organization that is rescuing 1000’s of lbs of food everyday and feeding our thousands of citizens with it a week.
We at Feed It Forward.ca have opened a Pay What You Can Grocery Store, Bakery, Coffee Shop and Restaurant that utilizes Rescue food and offers a new way of shopping and putting food back into the food cycle system.
Our establishments are ran on 100% rescued food and we are 92% recycling and repurposing it.
As I have showcased the positive impact on the us of repurposed food being utilized and the savings on our environmental footprint. It’s time for a change.
Let’s work together in making our future a brighter future. Sign this petition do we can the government to start the program.
This program will:
Bar supermarkets from intentionally destroying and wasting unsold, still edible food
Require Canadian supermarkets to give unsold, still edible food to Canadian food banks
Require Canadian supermarkets to give wrongfully packaged or damaged, still edible food to Canadian food banks
The law passed in France began with a simple petition not much different from this, on this very website. That petition received over 200,000 signatures. Our goal is to obtain 100,000 and to gain national attention to this very real issue. With your support, we can make a difference, and we can show our government what matters to us.
We need you. We need your voice. We need your support. Please sign and share this petition to bring change and to bring this law into Canada!
Creating a Law to protect unused food being destroyed and have them donated to charities that can utilize it in feeding the hungry and families in need of help with food insecurities
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