June 10, 2015

Sustainability Breakfast: Food Waste – Jun 17


Over half of the food we throw away from households could have been eaten – that’s 100,000 tonnes of edible food, drink and dairy going to waste every year in the Metro Vancouver region. Over-purchasing, incorrect storage, confusion around best before dates and not using food on time are some of the issues that need to be addressed. In addition, it’s estimated that food wasted in Canada from businesses like restaurants, food wholesalers and retailers is worth $31 billion annually.

Join us to learn about three initiatives working to raise awareness of food waste, and how individuals and businesses can make a difference.

Welcoming Remarks
  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, Zero Waste Committee, Metro Vancouver; Mayor, City of Richmond 
  • Peter Cech, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, External Relations – Love Food Hate Waste campaign
  • Chef Don Guthro, North Shore Culinary School and Jenny Rustemeyer, Producer, Just Eat It – Feeding the 5000 event
  • Rubina Jamal, Project Coordinator and Scott Rowe, Technical Advisor – Table Matters’ Scaling Up Food Rescue Project

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  1. I don’t like food waste but also don’t want to see food rescue programs for food banks further entrenched. If the charitable sector begins to collect the food waste for food banks and soup kitchens, (even more than they already do), how will that encourage the producers of this waste to look at their inventory problems and address them? As well, there is lots of education re:waste that needs to happen all along the food chain, not just at the retail end…Perhaps these speakers will examine these issues too. Poor people do not have a food supply problem that needs solving by a more efficient food recovery program. They have an income problem that can only be solved by political solutions like higher welfare rates, livable incomes, affordable housing, childcare options, reduced transportation costs, etc. It makes us all feel good to recycle our food waste this way, but it enables government to look the other way, as well. If you believe that food is a fundamental human right, these rights shouldn’t depend on the kindness of strangers.