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Informa: Building Bridges Together

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Speaker: Helene St. Jacques
Session: Reduction of Waste in the Food System, Municipal and Ministry of Environment Strategies

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Informa: Building Bridges Together

  1. 1. Building Bridges Together Tipping Point?
  2. 2. Residue of modern civilization
  3. 3. ‘Old’ 3Rs
  4. 4. Partial Solution Diversion the answer? More waste–shrinking landfill
  5. 5. Tossing out so much eatable food
  6. 6. Toronto waste composition – 1/3 food Toronto Residential Waste Audits (Weight) Item: Multi-Family 2010-2011 % Single-Family 2010 (Scarborough) % Paper 24.2 28.3 Plastics 12.1 8.9 Metals 2.7 2.7 Glass 3.3 3.7 Household Special Waste 0.3 0.3 32.9 33.5 Other Organics 14.9 8.7 Other Materials 9.5 12.9 Food Waste
  7. 7. National & Global food waste CANADA 172 kg per capita (retail & consumer) $28 per wk/$1,456 p.a. (average family) 1.2 – 2 billion tonnes (Statistics Canada) $27 billion p.a. (Value Chain Management Centre/ U of Guelph) INTERNATIONAL 95-115 kg/year per capita – consumer food waste (Europe & N. America) 1.3 billion tonnes per year United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization 1.3 b1.3 billion tonnes of food per year illion t1.3 billion tonnes of food per
  8. 8. Why the disconnection? Programs & education focus on waste diversion No funds – ‘follow the Blue box money’ ‘No one owns food waste’ Silos – agriculture, industry, govt. & residents
  9. 9. Food waste sources
  10. 10. Household Food Waste – Starting point
  11. 11. Shoppers, cooks & eaters Apparent abundance Auto pilot behaviour – throw it out! Denial – 66% ‘no food waste’ Conference Board of Canada Guilt
  12. 12. Why the gap? What’s missing? • Mass messages & education • Recognition from experts • Stimuli to change – retailers, food media, restos etc. • Respect for food & farmers/revaluing of food • Food purchase, storage & prep skills • Higher frequency, smaller volume shopping • Community voices/influences ………
  13. 13. New food waste 5Rs
  14. 14. Food waste goes viral… so much talk, no action Food waste: An unappetizing, $27B problem Jennifer Bain, Toronto Star Feb.8, 2013 Most of Canada's wasted food dumped from homes $27B worth of food Wasted CBC News Posted: Oct 1, 2012 6:11 AM ET The food-waste debate could use a pinch of common sense …$27 billion dollars worth of food are wasted annually - macleans.ca January 21, 2013 A terrible waste – the environmental costs of throwing our food away.” Losing our Touch, 2011/2012 Environmental Commissioner of Ontario ….National Post, Globe & Mail, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time magazine, etc. Blogs, Twitter….
  15. 15. Are we at the Tipping point? “The moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point…Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do.“ Malcolm Gladwell
  16. 16. Food waste connections - many allies  Farmers & urban growers/agriculture  Local food eaters & advocates  Health groups & public health  Food security & emergency food groups  Food policy councils  Environmental & sustainable community advocates  Solid waste depts/waste reduction groups
  17. 17. New strategies Joint working groups – dialogue + actions New skills Thrift pays – buy less & better Unavoidable & avoidable waste Good for the planet End label confusion New retail practices Your ideas………..
  18. 18. Thank you!  Contact me: helene@informaresearch.com 416-363-2287/c. 416-708-1228 www.informaresearch.com

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