Society & Culture
24. Food Sharing
In Australia food waste is estimated to cost the Australian economy around $20 billion dollars each year.
Australians throw away about 5.3 billion tonnes of edible food each year.
In the United States it’s estimated that 415 kilograms (or about 915 pounds) of food is wasted per person each year and in Mexico it’s about half that.
In Canada, $31 billion dollars worth of food ends up in landfills or composters each year which weighs about 1.3 billion tonnes, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Yet 850,000 Canadians use food banks every month.
In 1994 the Canadian province of Ontario passed the Donation of Food Act that releases food donors from liability when giving away food. This makes food sharing and food donation possible through redistribution programs like Food Sharing Ottawa who aims to feed the hungry while sending less food to landfills.
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