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In This Issue:
Guest Columnist: Steve Creed, Director of Business Development, WRAP

News:
Experts identify packaging solutions to address food waste

Sealed Air uses employees as ambassadors of food waste prevention

National Geographic: Here’s How to Solve World Hunger

NRDC and Ad Council Launch New “Save the Food” National Public Service Campaign

Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED) launch report: Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20%

New Champions 12.3 Coalition to Inspire Action to Reduce Food Loss & Waste


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The Extraordinary Life and Times of Strawberry | Save The Food

Solving Food Waste - What's Next?

Rachel Morier, Program Manager

The past three months have been buzzing with food waste news and announcements. Here are the key headlines, activities and next steps for the PAC FOOD WASTE (PFW) program.

HEADLINES - The ReFED report was released in February which provides a data-driven guide for businesses, government, funders, and nonprofits to collectively reduce food waste at scale. This month, NRDC and Ad Council launched a new national public service campaign to reduce food waste. What does this mean? Addressing food waste becomes top-of-mind as businesses look to understand the financial impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

ACTIVITIES - PFW participated in the University of Guelph event titled, “Building a Research Agenda for Reducing Food Waste in Ontario” on February 18th and 19th (shown above). Familiar faces to PAC were also in attendance including the Region of Peel, York Region, Metro Vancouver, Loblaw, Sobeys, MacDonald’s, Provision Coalition and VCMI. Concern over date labeling was raised again.

Because there is no sole owner of the issue, the means to address it is complex and spans across various stakeholder groups. PFW will continue to stay engaged with the food waste community as it will take a collaborative, dedicated approach to solve the date labeling challenge. Furthermore, PFW will prepare a white paper on date labeling later this year.

PFW hosted a webinar on March 23rd titled, “Packaging Developments & Solutions to Combat Food Waste.” In case you missed it, you can read more about it in the Packaging Digest article here.

WHAT’S NEXT? - The PAC FOOD WASTE Leadership Council met on April 19th where the team discussed critical topics for 2016. Communicating the value of packaging, promoting consumer education, exploring opportunities to close gaps in food waste data and collaborating with like-minded organizations remain top priorities to realize our vision, A Catalyst for Food Waste Packaging Solutions.

On the topic of consumer education, we are delighted to have Steve Creed of WRAP as our guest columnist. WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign is an exemplary education platform to promote food waste awareness to the consumer. It also includes storage tips (see Fresher for Longer) on how packaging can reduce food waste in the home.

Interested to know more about the PAC FOOD WASTE program? Contact: rmorier@pac.ca

Expanding the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign

Steve Creed, Director of Business Development
Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)


Food waste has moved up the world agenda very quickly in the last few years. Now, a coalition of 30 Global Leaders including high-level representatives from UNEP, US EPA, Unilever, WWF and WRAP have joined together to form Champions 12.3. The coalition is dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilising action, and accelerating the move towards achieving the targets of the Sustainable Development goals. Specifically, Target 12.3, is to halve food waste at retail and consumer level and for reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030 - and that’s where Champions 12.3 comes in.

People often ask me how they can make a contribution to reducing food waste when it is such a complex global issue that requires major action from governments and industry to tackle the challenge. They ask - how can their small action make a difference? I explain that this is why WRAP created Love Food Hate Waste.

By changing a few simple things such as better portion control, planning our meals and using leftovers rather that discarding them - we can all make a big difference. The Love Food Hate Waste website provides helpful tools and tips that can help people avoid food waste. In fact, between 2007 - 2011, food waste in the home was reduced by an impressive 21%. What’s more is that families could save up to £700 per year (which is over $1,300).

But it doesn’t stop there; Love Food Hate Waste offers cooking classes to help reduce food waste by teaching people cookery skills. The classes have been successful in sparking peoples’ interest in where food comes from and gaining confidence and enjoyment through discovering they are able to make delicious meals from simple ingredients. In one case a single mother, Megan reduced her weekly food bill by 80% after practicing the cooking skills she learned at one of the courses. As a result, she was able to save enough money over six weeks to take her son on his first holiday.

Vancouver decided to run a Love Food Hate Waste campaign after seeing the results achieved in the UK. Other cities in Canada may follow so not only can everyone do their bit to reduce food waste, they can save money and learn new skills at the same time.

I am reminded of what the Dalai Lama said “If you think you are too small to be effective, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

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