We are excited to be coming together to reduce household food waste and to shrink our collective environmental footprint.
We know that food waste is a significant contributor to global warming, but there are so many other benefits to being more mindful of how we use food. Conscientious planning, shopping and consumption benefits our physical health and saves money as well. On a broader scale, it can improve access to food for others, and can promote more sustainable practices in the food supply chain.
By thinking about where our food comes from, and how our choices affect the resources available to others – both now and in the future – we become more active stewards of a healthy and equitable planet.
But you must already know that. You’re here!
Sharing Anishnawbe teachings around food
We are grateful to Melissa Stevensons and John LaForme, from the Anishnawbe Health Foundation, for sharing their teachings with us. The foundation supports Anishnawbe Health Toronto, which provides health services grounded in indigenous culture and knowledge to Toronto’s indigenous population. In thanks for their generosity, you are welcomed to make a donation in Melissa or John’s name to support the foundation.
Food waste: The facts
Of the food that is thrown away every year, 63% is edible. It could have been eaten!
On average, Canadian households throw out 140 kilograms of food every year, worth more than 1,100 dollars.
Across Canada, the result is that 2.2 million tonnes of edible food is lost every year, at a cost of more than $17 billion.
Source: National Zero Waste Council
Think this is a problem?
It’s not too late, you can still join the Food Waste Challenge!
The Food Waste Challenge
The objectives of this challenge are to support households to reduce their food waste, in order to reduce their environmental footprint, save money and steward resources for others.
One of the most effective ways to change collective behaviour is to combine education with the opportunity to take action, both of which are more fun when done in a group setting.
Over six weeks, we are inviting you to carry out some simple activities focused on different aspects of food use and waste (see overview below). Step by step, we’ll introduce the knowledge, tools and methods that can help you make a difference.
New weekly challenges will become available the day before they begin.
Learn about avoidable food waste and complete a household food waste audit
The benefits of pre-planning meals and making shopping lists
Lessons in Leftovers
Embrace portion control, get creative with leftovers and try a new recipe!
How to prolong food freshness and useful good food safety practices
Shopping for less perfect produce
Reduce & Rethink
Measure the impact of your choices with a second audit and learn how to keepnew practices.
Food Waste Challenge Champions
We are thankful to be in collaboration with the following partners for this initiative: Naturopathic Doctors for Environmental & Social Trust (NEST), Impact Zero, Waste Watchers, Wasteless.food, EcoLogos/WaterDocs, Canadian Climate Challenge, Plasticfree Toronto and EcoCaledon.
Our goal is to highlight the facts, the contributing factors and the larger systemic problems associated with food loss and food waste, for individuals and our local community. Together we are working to use this challenge to bring more awareness and encourage more action around the issue of food waste.
Just Eat It Toronto has been modelled after a similar campaign designed and run by Dufferin County, the “Plan to Save: Food Waste Reduction” initiative. We thank them for sharing their resources and findings with Drawdown Toronto.