Canadians produce nearly 10 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, simply by wasting perfectly edible food at home.
From March 7 to 13, Canada will join with environmental charity WRAP for the first global Food Waste Action Week, delivered through Metro Vancouver’s National Zero Waste Council and its Love Food Hate Waste Canada campaign.
Here are some simple ways that you can reduce food waste:
- Cook lasagnas, stews, and casseroles in large batches. They can be easily portioned and stored in the freezer.
- Produce like apples, bananas, tomatoes, and avocados produce ethylene — a gas that speeds up ripening. Keep these foods in a loosely tied bag, away from already-ripe produce.
Fighting food waste at home has a direct impact on greenhouse gas emissions: every tonne of household food waste that is avoided is the equivalent of taking one car off the road each year.
Participate in Food Waste Action Week on social media and use the #foodwasteactionweek hashtag.