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Preventing and Reducing Food Loss and Waste

Status: Active
Operational Plan: 2019 - 2020

CEC work in 2017–2018 produced knowledge and resources to support a consistent regional approach to measuring food loss and waste and developing youth education tools. This project aims to test these products with the user community (businesses operating in the food sector and youth/youth organizations) to refine them, ensure they meet users’ needs, and foster broader uptake in North America. It also includes engaging companies through the development of case studies, and pursuing a North America-wide marketing campaign to build awareness among youth and encourage them to take action.

Preventing and Reducing Food Loss and Waste


Across North America, governments and businesses are increasingly realizing the enormous impacts of food loss and waste. Uneaten food represents social, environmental and economic costs, but also a large opportunity. Taking action to prevent food loss and waste offers a rare “triple win” – economic gains, reduction of environmental impacts and improved quality of life for those who currently lack sufficient food.

  • Each year, approximately 168 million tonnes of food are wasted in North America.
  • The food we waste costs our economy $278 Billion US dollars and could have fed 260 million people.
  • This waste generates approximately 193 million tons of greenhouse gasses annually.


The CEC is working to prevent and reduce food waste by engaging with two groups who can make a huge difference:

  • The North American Food Supply Chain: The CEC’s Practical Guide for Reducing Food Waste will be used by organizations and small and medium enterprises across the food supply chain to help them to realize social, environmental, and economic benefits: becoming more environmentally conscious while also reducing the use of resources and saving money.
  • Youth: The CEC’s Food Matters Action Kit will be used by youth, youth groups, community centres and educators across North America to encourage youth to reduce food loss and waste in their homes, schools and communities.


Environment and Climate Change Canada
Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
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For more information about this project or to partner with us, contact:

Antonia Andúgar Miñarro
Project Lead, Green Growth
(514) 350-4327