Food waste? Canada worst than other countries...

by thierrycharles21 on January 30, 2017 - 7:27pm

In this article named “A $31B problem: How Canada sucks at reducing food waste” posted the October 26 2016 by Melissa Mancini and Nelisha Vellani on CBC News explain how Canada is behind other countries in the race to reduce food waste. The article state that Canada is currently wasting $31 billion worth of food every year. This problem that Canada have, is a major issue in the world which throw away around 1.3 billion tons of food a year. Many other parts of the world such as France or Italy have come up with solutions to reduce the issue but Canada don’t prioritize this as an urgent problem. The agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay told CBC news “"Food waste is part of the food policy that we're going to deal with in the next year or two,".

This major issue affect everybody in the country since the article proved that 47 percent of food waste happens at home while companies or markets cause the other 53 percent. A good start to reduce the waste would be to individually buy food supplies that we need and not “over buy”. On a larger scale, companies should increase the prices of food so people don’t buy food unnecessarily.




The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and veggies means much is discarded that does not meet the criteria, lengthy or deformed fruit and veggies don`t make it to the supermarket selves thus discarded food is the biggest single component of US landfill and incinerators, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry, especially the homeless in greater metropolis areas. Americans throw away as much food as they eat.

I also think that we could start helping this cause by reducing our food waste at home, although I think our country should take this extra food we waste and send it to poor country's around the world to help those in need and decrease our percentage in food waste.

Your article about food waste being a problem in Canada was really well said, you were able to explain the underlying issue of food waste and show proof of how Canada has been wasting 31$ billion dollars’ worth of food each year. I do think that it would be good if you elaborated on how other countries like France are decreasing food waste. In the article "French Law Forbids Food Waste by Supermarkets" written by Angelique Chrisafis for the Guardian, France is lowering food waste by having supermarkets donate a substantial amount of food to homeless shelters and are forcing supermarkets to sign documents with homeless shelters to donate food.


Your post about the Canadian food waste issue is very well done. You summarized the issue and the situation with a clear and simple language. In addition, you also provided the accurate number to prove this idea which makes your article more convincing, Indeed, since Canada is one of the most developed and wealthy countries in the world, Canadian people don't realize the importance of food resources.
I read your sources link which is the article that posted on the CBC news website. Here are some other points that you did not really mention in your article but I found those important. Firstly, the Canadian government does not prioritize this problem because it may involve some companies benefits, It shows the attitude of Canadian government about the food waste. even thought they knew the issue already, they do not actually pay huge attention to it while other countries all takes the action immediately. Secondly, at the end of that CBC article, the author mentioned that some activists and companies already take action such as creating the app. It is a very positive trend for Canadian society even thought the government took a slow action.
I also find another source that can prove your idea and more reliable. It is a website from Toronto Food Policy Concil.
The picture clearly shows that the food that wasted at home account for the most part of Canadian food waste. It also provides the situation and the solution of the problem.

To begin with, I think your article was really straightforward and clear. You used a very simple, yet candid vocabulary that was plenty efficient for the reader to understand the issue you were summarizing easily.

However, to make your article more complete and revealing, I think you could of compared Canada’s food waste to other important consumer countries in the world. Since you related that Canada was behind other countries in the race to reduce food waste, knowing who is behind or better than us could be interesting and alarming.

Now, I found an article in The Ecologist called “Food Waste – who’s to blame?” written by Laura Briggs on January 27th, 2017. It says that the United States of America’s amount of food waste goes up to 144 billions of dollars per year. That is more than Canada’s waste, which is 31 billions of dollars per year. This shows that yes, Canada can be behind several countries but yet is not as bad as their neighbours. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, they are wasting 10 million tons of food every year, whereas Canada 1,3 billion, which is way more. This demonstrates that Canada is behind their British folks.

These are only two out of many examples, but it allows the reader to position Canada and to understand what we’re dealing with worldwide. Food waste is a global issue and every country’s performance is affecting our planet, not only Canada.


Great overview of the food waste issue in Canada as depicted by CTV News! It is encouraging to see that the Canadian society has a concern about the food being wasted in their country on a daily basis. Yet, it is very disappointing to learn that the Canadian government isn’t following the same path.

It’s right to look at what other innovative countries, like France and Italy in this case, are doing to address the issue of food waste. However, I believe that we must consider the local initiatives undertaken in Canada by entrepreneurs and non-profits to fight food waste. Initiatives that often are more powerful and effectual than government policies or programs. Using technological innovation to fulfill a need has proven to be effective in the last years in all sectors. That is exactly what entrepreneurs Josh Domingues and Caroline Pellegrini did with FlashFood and UbiFood respectively. CBC’s article “Phone apps set to help fight food waste: Andrew Coppolino” explains how these two apps attack the issue of food waste in Toronto and Montreal. It is like an answer to your summary, which depicts the situation of food waste, this article presents solutions to it. The two applications have platforms that connect consumers to restaurants and grocery stores. These businesses have the opportunity to post their products that are still good to be sold but would otherwise be thrown away. On the other hand, consumers have access to the app which lists all available “deals” nearby. Thus, people have access to cheap deals on good food. What’s the best in this model? In addition of being a win-win solution for businesses and consumers, food waste reduces transaction after transaction. We often say that the small movements like this are the actual ones that count. Now imagine if technology would be available nation-wide and potentially have an impact on reducing food waste everyday. Imagine a platform linking food banks, groceries, farmers, and restaurants. Putting profits aside, helping humans, and putting the environment upfront…a winning recipe in Canada.

This article is special when we want to verify the reliability of its content. It isn’t signed by the CBC team but rather by its sole author, Andrew Coppolino, who has a varied background in the media, information, and food industries. With university studies in english literature and such career experience, we can assume that the content is thought-out and valid. Coppolino knows what he’s talking about when its about food, more than the government does about food waste.

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