Enact a law to reduce food waste by grocery stores in Canada

Enact a law to reduce food waste by grocery stores in Canada

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Élyse D'Aoust started this petition to Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Environment and Climate Change and

The amount of annual food waste in the world is equivalent to the mass of 8500 Empire State Buildings (fao.org). That would cover all of Manhattan island! Why is it that people are mostly focused on electricity and water waste when food waste is a serious problem as well? The fact is, we are wasting food in many ways that we could avoid, and this has multiple short and long-term impacts. Indeed, food is wasted at every stage, throughout its production, distribution, and consumption, and this waste has a very real impact on society.

As far as the items that DO get on the truck, grocery stores often overbuy, knowing that consumer patterns have shown only the best looking foodstuffs will get sold. As a result, the picked-over food is thrown away. These foodstuffs, which although considered as "suboptimal" are still perfectly edible, are wasted instead of being donated to people who are battling hunger every day.

In addition to being a waste of resources, food waste directly contributes to global warming since food that is thrown away decomposes in a landfill, which produces greenhouse gases (particularly methane). In fact, approximately ⅓ of the food produced in the world (1.3 billion tonnes) is wasted every year, and a big part of that ends up in landfills (ozharvest.org). According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “If food wastage were a country, it would be the third-largest emitting country in the world (fao.org).”

This petition suggests that Canada should follow the example of countries like France, and enact a law that prohibits excessive food waste in supermarkets by making them donate leftover food to charities and food banks.

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