New Power Could Reduce Food Waste

by anthonydm on March 20, 2017 - 11:27am


According to Wikipedia’s website, “Current estimates put global food loss and waste between one-third and one-half of all food produced”. Lost uneaten food is becoming a serious issue, especially in Canada, where our government does not seem to be putting enough effort to reduce the matter.

This post will address the issue presented in CBC News’ article which was posted on October 26th, 2016 by Melissa Mancini and Nelisha Vellani and in Global News’ article posted on October 21st, 2015 by Negar Mojtahedi.

In Canada, there is no policy concerned with food waste. This is mostly why, according to a report, “$31 billion worth of food ends up in landfills or composters each year” (CBC News). With this information in mind, our government does not seem to put effort in the issue, since most attempts have failed. An organisation called The Fight Against Food Waste Act proposed the government to set goals as well as educational programs to reduce the problem. Canada is being suggested to take example from France, who have considerably lowered their food waste since the past years. Italy has also passed a law that helps to donate food more easily, and the U.S. is working towards tackling food waste by making new regulations. Another contributing factor to this issue are the due dates that are present on most articles of food. A study made by Harvard Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that due dates serve to confuse costumers, and makes them trash their food (Global News). If people were more informed concerning due dates, there would be less waste.

Contrary to old power, which is held by few people, new power is driven by peers, held by its community. New power is a tool that gets people to collaborate, and gives them a more substantial impact. The community could make great use of new power, especially since the government is not putting enough effort to address the issue. In this case, everyone can have a voice to help the problem, that way, not only politicians would have the power to help but everyone that invests in that form of new power. In my opinion, the best way to address the issue would be to create an app that the community could sign up for. Once a profile would be created, each person could, instead of throwing their excess food away, give them for free or even sell it at a discounted price. Users of the app could go and get the type of food that they need easily. This idea would also work for shops that usually have a lot of food to throw away, who could help others by trading or giving their excess food.