JUST EAT IT TORONTO!
January 18 - February 28, 2021
In a vast world of 7.7 billion where all you hear about are our differences, there are some important things that connect us, and one of these is food. Food connects us all. We all need it, depend on it, survive because of it and derive happiness from it (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
Unfortunately, according to Second Harvest (The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste the Roadmap, 2018), world hunger is on the rise while an estimated ⅓ of all food produced globally is lost or goes to waste. In Canada alone, 58% (35.5 million metric tonnes) of all the food produced is lost or wasted every year.
Food waste is a major contributor to carbon emissions, which is itself a good enough reason to reduce it. Do you need more? Being mindful of our food purchasing and waste habits have an impact on food sovereignty, food security, nutrition, and economics. By being attentive to the food we consume and the food we throw away, we are practicing not only stewardship of our climate for now and future generations, but gratitude for the gifts of the earth and farmers who cultivate it, and awareness of our privilege.
Just Eat It! Toronto, aims to change the food waste behaviours of Toronto residents by building awareness, building skills and knowledge, and getting more residents to take action on food waste.
Over six weeks, we offer a practical challenge for participants to achieve a measurable reduction in their household food waste:
By helping participants acquire new skills, tools and knowledge to go further, step by step
By building community among participants for mutual encouragement and support
By creating the foundations for more sustainable habits around food and food waste
The challenge will run from January 18 – February 28 providing information, tips and resources so all participants can engage in being part of one of Drawdown’s top solutions – #3 Reduced Food Waste.