Pellerin: Cutting down on food waste would help our neighbours – and the planet

By Brigitte Pellerin, Ottawa Citizen, January 23, 2020

January is a good time to adopt better, healthier habits. It distracts us from the frozen mess Mother Nature throws at us, I suppose.

We try to go to the gym more often, get up early, take the stairs instead of the elevator, bring our reusable mug to Bridgehead, eat better and waste less food.

That last one is a biggie. Humans throw away humongous amounts of the food we grow, harvest, transport, store and cook. Numbers vary depending on which source you consult, but according to the UN, it’s at least one-third. Note that much of what we throw out is perfectly edible. Good, even. In Canada alone, according to a study by Second Harvest, this waste represents 35.5 million tonnes of food. That’s about a tonne per person.

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