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What to do about food waste?

Different food waste on white background top view. Clean banana, egg shells, shells of nuts, cleaning onions carrots potatoes, bits of green salad and branches from the tomato.In the natural food industry, food waste is often in our daily conversations; what does your store do with its food waste? I can’t compost in my city; how can I lessen my food waste? Of course, I send over ripe produce to the deli!


In the natural food industry, food waste is often in our daily conversations; what does your store do with its food waste? I can’t compost in my city; how can I lessen my food waste? Of course, I send over ripe produce to the deli!

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation estimates that Canadian households waste 85 kg of food per person, every year. That’s only slightly below our American neighbours, who waste on average 95 kg annually. To give some more perspective, that’s enough food waste to feed one person for six months straight. Crazy! But what can we do about it?

Upcycling our food

It’s not just a home and fashion term -the idea of upcycling is becoming a huge thing in Canada. So, what can you do with your produce destined for a landfill?

1. Make protein powders.

2. You can dehydrate just about anything, even the ugly ones.

3. Bone broth, pickled chard stems and a whole other slew of culinary possibilities.

With a little planning and google savviness, you can easily reduce some of the waste your store produces and even turn it into profit. That’s a win-win!

Feed the hungry creatures

I’m sure all of us donate to the local food banks and give to as many homeless shelters as much as possible. But did you know you can also donate to help feed animals? I mean, farmers have been doing this for centuries! It’s often less expensive and less time consuming to feed scraps to local animals than to haul them all the way to the dump. Now, each province and city are going to have their own legal requirements, but you can easily call your local waste collector and ask where you can bring your scraps of food. Some even offer free pick up!

Food tech reimagined

Ok, these are by far the most exciting things for food waste savers like me. Ready for it? Waste collection trucks that are run on food waste!! Toronto is doing it! The ‘green bib’ food scraps that are collected once a week are going to be taken to facilities with large anaerobic digesters so the waste can be turned into gas - normally burned off - and refined into renewable natural gas. That renewable natural gas makes the perfect replacement for fossil fuels and helps lower our carbon emissions. Neat!

Some companies are starting to collect food waste for use as fertilizers. Some tech companies are creating apps like Neighbourly that help distribute food waste to those who can use it. There are new companies emerging every day with the hopes that we can lower our food waste and be better inhabitants of our planet.

With a little R&D, your store can be a big player in the food waste economy and make a difference that will last.


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