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    Dennis Laughton

    It would be interesting to know the amount of food that is wasted by category, i.e. by the consumer, at the store, and at the producer level. for example crooked carrots never leave the farm or packing house due to govt. regulations.
    We also have to recognize that there are attempts being made to reduce waste. There are hotels that donate prepared food that has never left the kitchen, there are bakeries that donate day old bread, also there is an organization that takes off grade produce, dehydrates it and makes soup mix that is donated in shipping container size quantities to places in the world suffering from natural catastrophes (Prairie Gleaners). There is also a company that collects wasted produce from stores, composts it, mixes the compost with sulphur and sells the fertilize to farmers. By recognizing these and other efforts, I believe, encourages others to do the same or something similar.


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      Savannah Gleim

      According to VCM International and the National Zero Waste Council, in 2014 of the $27 billion wasted in Canada the supply chain accounted for: consumers (47%), processing (20%), retail stores (10%), farms (10%), restuarants & hotels (9%), transport distribution (4%) and interntional cartering waste (a.k.a air transit = 1%). http://www.nzwc.ca/focus/food/Pages/default.aspx In 2015 Maclean’s reported that of the $31 billion in Canadian food waste, consumers at home made up 47% of that waste = $1,500 / household. https://www.macleans.ca/society/life/how-to-solve-the-food-waste-problem/
      It looks like the most waste falls on the consumer. Which makes sense, as for many of us who are wasting food, food security is not an issue for us. In addition, consumers are the end of the food chain, which means we buy it but we don’t sell it. Other segments of the supply chain for a profit reason (could be concerns of sustainabiliy as well) want to find a use for the scraps or wastes of food, rather than taking a hit of unused product. The crooked carrot might not end up in your grovery store, but it likely goes onto animal feed, or further processing. It might not get a premium price, but some industry wants those cheaper crooked carrots, and the producer would rather sell it than lose money on it.

      There are lots of attempts being made out there to requde food waste, your right on that Dennis, and we should be celebrating those efforts!


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