From Macleans to the Guardian to the Globe and Mail, from France to Germany to BC, this week everyone is talking about food waste! Food waste is a huge issue, as over 30% of the food we produce worldwide is wasted, and yet millions of people continue to experience food insecurity every day.
Luckily, there are actually a few local organizations who are working hard to rescue Calgary’s food from the trash! LeftOvers Calgary saves foods from local bakeries, grocery stores and restaurants and donates them to local organizations (saving the environment and helping organizations that are addressing local hunger at the same time!). Alternate Root, conversely, works to redirect surplus food from producers, teach food skills using this excess produce, and raise awareness about food waste. Both of them are going to be at Sustainability 4 Breakfast, talking about Calgary’s food waste solutions (along with Hop Compost and Calgary Waste & Recycling Services)!
While, according to the Guardian, 67% of food waste is ‘binned’ by consumers, and 26% is binned by shops and restaurants, the food that is thrown out by businesses is a lot easier to salvage and control (like with France’s new tabled law). Most post-agriculture waste is consumer waste — and that means that one great way to get involved is to reduce the food that ends up in your garbage! Think Eat Save has some great tips for reducing your food waste (and saving money while you’re at it)! (Follow the link to learn more about food preservation as well as more in-depth tips.)
1. Always shop with a grocery list so that you buy only what you need for the week’s meal, and make sure that you know what’s in your fridge before you go shopping too!
2. Eat or re-use your leftovers! Leftovers can be a perfect lunch — or freeze the leftovers and incorporate them into a new dish!
3. If you really can’t save it, start a backyard compost!
One of Calgary Meal Exchange’s projects this summer will be to work on researching and developing a food waste reduction initiative (like UNBC’s wonderful Food Recovery Project), and we hope that the University of Calgary and Aramark, our new food service provider and a partner on the project, join the movement to rescue food from the landfill.
Join the Food Rescue Movement, and do one (or more!) of these three things today!
- Sign up for Sustainability 4 Breakfast to learn about the initiatives in Calgary!
- Start a grocery list or backyard compost, and reduce your personal food waste!
- Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to learn more about U of C’s food waste and what Calgary Meal Exchange is doing about it this summer!
As always, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to get involved.
In good food for all,