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.
How much food is lost or wasted?
How does food Loss and Waste impact sustainability?
How can YOU reduce food loss and waste?
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Lesson Plan Sample
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: An article titled “Food Waste Harms Climate, Water, Land and Biodiversity” discusses the topic in a UN report.
Food Waste. http://www.cec.org/sites/default/fwinteractive/index-en.html Excellent interactive graphic with key info regarding food loss in North America from CEC Commission for Environmental Cooperation
FAO document with stats and infographics regarding global food waste along food supply chain http://www.fao.org/3/mb060e/mb060e02.pdf
Food Waste in Canada: Value Chain http://vcm-international.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Food-Waste-in-Canada-112410.pdf
Detailed Report North America, good infographics regarding loss at different points in the food system http://www3.cec.org/islandora/en/item/11772-characterization-and-management-food-loss-and-waste-in-north-america-en.pdf
http://www.cec.org/sites/default/files/documents/factsheets/food-waste-fact-sheet-en.pdf “Why this matters to you."