Food Waste Reduction: Can Packaging Play a Role?

Food waste is a global issue that has gained much attention recently. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has shown that roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. This amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year. Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from agricultural production to household consumption. In Canada, $31 billion worth of food ends up in landfills or composters each year, with 47 per cent of food waste happening in the home (Value Chain Management International, 2014 report). Countries all over the world are taking initiatives to reduce and divert food waste.

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Originally published in Food in Canada.