Canada's Food Waste Reduction Challenge
Reducing food waste can help increase food availability, save consumers and business money, strengthen our food systems, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste each year
- 8% of global GHG emissions are caused by food loss and waste
- 1/4 of all water used by the agriculture sector around the world
If global food waste were a country, it would be the third largest GHG emitting country in the world
- Over half, 35.5 million tonnes, of Canada's food supply is lost or wasted annually.
- And an estimated $49.5 billion of food waste in Canada is entirely avoidable
Reducing Food Waste from Farm to Plate
To support high-impact solutions to food waste, the Government of Canada has launched the $20M Food Waste Reduction Challenge under the Food Policy for Canada.
Challenges provide monetary prizes to whoever can most effectively solve a defined challenge or problem.
- Streams A and B focus on business model solutions that prevent or divert food waste.
- Streams C and D focus on advancing novel technologies that extend the life of food or transform food waste.
Proposed solutions should be: