The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, the environmental side agreement to NAFTA. An intergovernmental organization, the CEC brings together citizens and experts from governments, nongovernmental organizations, academia and the business sector to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable economic development. Find out more at: www.cec.org.
CEC initiatives are undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico, through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is working with our partners in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to help reduce the amount of food loss and waste in North America. The CEC’s 2015–2016 Initiative on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery pooled together the resources and expertise of government officials and industry stakeholders across North America to cultivate a better understanding of food loss and waste in the three countries and the solutions aimed at mitigating it. This website presents information on these efforts, including the proceedings of our workshops, results of public engagement campaigns on food recovery and food waste source reduction, and links to leading organizations that are working to reduce waste in North America and globally.
As a follow-up to the CEC North American Initiatives on Food Waste Reduction and Recovery and the North American Initiative on Organic Waste Diversion and Processing, the CEC is undertaking a new project with a redesigned focus on measuring and mitigating food loss and waste. Created under the CEC’s 2017–2018 Operational Plan, this project will work to effectively measure food loss and waste in the North American food supply chain and correlate it to environmental and socioeconomic impacts. It will also provide tools and education to prevent such loss and wastage and reduce their impacts on food security, the economy, and the environment in North America.
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For a complete description of the CEC’s work on food loss and waste, please visit: