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Summary

One third of all food produced globally is wasted. The truth is that Canadians are throwing out more food than they realize – food that could, at one point, have been eaten. And the waste comes with environmental impacts. Each year, food waste in Canada creates some 56.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions. Food in landfills also creates methane gas, which is 25 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide.

GUIDING QUESTIONS

  • How much food is lost or wasted?

  • What are the causes of food loss and waste?

  • How does food loss and waste impact sustainability?

  • How can YOU reduce food loss and waste?

NOURISHING MINDS

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ISSUE 3: 

food loss & waste

Currently, around one-third of all food produced worldwide is either lost or wasted, making it one of the largest problems facing the world today.

 

In our third issue of Nourishing Minds, we chose to explore food loss and waste because it is recognized as a serious threat to food security, the economy and the environment. We want to see a world where businesses, governments and individuals come together to maintain a strong sustainable food value chain. 

Click HERE to explore other topics including our latest issue of Nourishing Minds - The Food Value Chain. 

DIGITAL VERSION

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LESSON PLANS

Download one of our printable lesson plans below.

  • Agriculture

    Upcycles

  • Sustainable

    Food Journey

  • CTS Agriculture Technology

  • Doing Things

    Better

Explore additional learning resources and lesson plans HERE.

Let's Keep GROWing

CHALLENGES

Register to take one of our food waste challenges below.

Do you think you could survive for 6 months without purchasing food, eating only discarded food destined for the trash? This challenge invites you to take the food waste challenge into your own hands and create your own FOOD WASTE initiative. 

How do we sustainably feed a growing world while reducing food insecurity, and food loss and waste?

In this challenge we explore the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations Development Program and the impact of agriculture and food systems on sustainable development.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Keep learning while you explore these additional resources.

Food Loss & Waste

Excellent interactive graphic with key info regarding food loss in North America from CEC Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Characterization and Management of Food Loss & Waste in North America

Detailed Report North America, good infographics regarding loss at different points in the food system.

Food Waste in Canada

Opportunities to increase the competitiveness of Canada’s agri-food sector, while simultaneously improving the environment.

Request an expert guest speaker to engage your students in the topic of food waste.

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AITC-AB is a proud member of AITC-Canada.

Along with 9 other provincial teams we are delivering educational programs and resources that engage, empower, and inspire students to care about food and the people who produce it.

Learn more at www.aitc-canada.ca.