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Laura Trotta: “Every time we throw food in the bin we’re not just wasting our money. We’re discarding the vast amounts of resources, energy and water that it took to produce, process, store, refrigerate, transport and cook the food.
Humous with veggies, orange segments and nigella seeds / Credit: Unsplash
Reducing food waste is one of the top five solutions to climate change listed in the New York Times bestseller “Drawdown…” While animal agriculture creates an estimated 18% of greenhouse gas emissions.
As we move through December and into the New Year, let’s remember to reduce food waste and to include vegan and vegetarian dishes in our Winter season feasting.
Tips for Reducing Food Waste
- What you can do (Slow Food)
- 5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste this Holiday Season (Laura Trotta)
- 7 Simple Steps to Reduce Food Waste (WEF)
Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes
- Top Ten Vegan Recipes this Season (Earthsave Canada)
- Vegetarian Festive Season Recipes (BBC goodfood)
Food and Climate Action
Foraging for Wild Mushrooms in Maple Ridge
Credit: Slow Food Vancouver
In the photos above, we find a group of friends engaging in an ancient (even timeless) human activity …foraging for mushrooms in a forest. They’re members of the Vancouver chapter of the Slow Food movement.
You might ask: What is Slow Food?
Slow Food is a global movement that pushes back against fast food and industrialized food systems. Its mission includes defending local food traditions, promoting artisanal foods and preserving food biodiversity.
The movement calls for tackling the climate crisis through the adoption of environmentally-friendly practices along all stages of the food supply chain, following a seed-to-landfill trajectory.
A brief foray into the shameful state of food waste in Canada today
At the intersection of food, conviviality, agriculture, social justice and everyday climate action … we conclude with a brief foray into the shameful state of food waste in Canada today.
According to Second Harvest: Each year, nearly 60% of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted. That’s 35.5 tonnes of food, or nearly $50 billion, lost annually. Furthermore, organic material in landfills produces methane gas that’s 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide emissions.
Nova Scotia farmer Richard Melvin reluctantly throws away enough cauliflower to feed a province. Despite being “perfectly good to eat,” up to 40 per cent of his 36 hectares of cauliflower gets plowed back into the ground each year. He’s looking for financial help to give surplus crops to food-insecure Canadians.
Credit: Jacqueline Melvin