In Canadian grocery stores food is plentiful and abundant. We have grown accustomed to our produce looking picture perfect, and if something is not, most consumers leave it on the shelves. But our pickiness comes with a cost.
Food waste in Canada is costing $31 billion a year. Waste occurs at various points of the food supply system. There are lots of gaps, according to experts, but the biggest source of waste are households.
“Statistically we waste 31 million pounds of food a year,” Debra Lawson, executive director of Second Harvest told Global News, “and that is mainly 50 per cent household waste, what you and I would buy, not eat, and throw out. That is an incredible amount of food.”