Petition for zero food waste in Canada

Jenny Cameron / October 23, 2018

Justin Kulik launching petition for zero food waste in Canada ( @JustinKulik / Twitter).

Student activist, Justin Kulik, is hoping to launch a federal program that will require supermarkets across Canada to donate their unsold and edible food to charities.

Kulik launched the petition in January and has rceived 173,000 signatures to end food waste in Canada.

He says France is a role model for this initiative and hopes Canada can do the same.

 “I am asking that Canada be a leader in the Americas to get the same conversation going.” – Justin Kulik, Activist.

Kulik with the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, Lawerence MacAulay, to begin the process of launching a federal program to require supermarkets to donate unsold, edible food to charity.

During the meeting, Kulik says they discussed having a few start-up cities in Canada to see how this program would work for all of Canada. He plans to follow up with the Minister to make this hypothetical situation a reality.

“We could see change happen as soon as this policy is released. The ball is in the government court, so it really comes down to however long it takes to continue drafting the policy and then releasing it to the public” – Justin Kulik, Acitivist.

Canada’s National Food Policy is currently being reviewed and Kulik says it should be announced within the next year. According to the Government of Canada website, the Food Policy is a longterm vision related to food, which includes environmental, social, economic and health goals.

Kulik says if his proposed program passes there will be a decrease of methane in landfills.

The City of Vancouver has already come out with a zero waste strategy plan to ensure Vancouver is a zero waste city by 2040. This plan includes wasted foods between all points from farm to table.

Below is a graph of the most common food Canadians waste each day.

Food items wasted by Canadians every day. (Sahil Morar / BCIT News)

– with files from Aaron Guillen