How might we reduce and repurpose household food waste?
Canadians waste $31 billion of food annually. It is alarming to discover that 47% of that food waste takes place within the home. Not only does household food waste create financial losses, with the average household throwing away $1,456 worth of food annually, but it also releases methane into the environment directly contributing to climate change. Methane is a greenhouse gas that has 21 times the global warming potential than carbon dioxide.
While there are numerous organizations and non-profits that address food waste on a commercial level, household food waste is the single biggest contributor to food waste and is most often overlooked. Reducing household food waste is a tangible goal. With a little awareness and involvement, household food waste can be countered.
How might we help Calgarians be responsible consumers when it comes to purchasing groceries?
The responsible consumption of groceries refers to only purchasing goods that are sustainably, ethically, locally and seasonally sourced. It also includes choosing items based on responsible waste habits, such as items that are packaged sustainably or produce zero waste.
Where and why consumers purchase their goods relies on a variety of decision factors, including: price, habits (such as eating whatever they want, whenever they want), convenience, preferences, education about food production, environmental impact, seasonal choices and quality. These decision factors do not always align with the purchase of responsible groceries.