Environment
Fighting Food Waste for a Better World

Fighting Food Waste for a Better World

Our research discovered that 3.2 million tonnes of surplus edible food is produced by Canada’s food industry each year. Of that, 96% is not rescued and redistributed for human consumption. Learn the five blockers and opportunities for the food industry to rescue food loss and waste.

What is Surplus Edible Food (and Why Should You Care)?

What is Surplus Edible Food (and Why Should You Care)?

If surplus is an amount that is more than is needed, then surplus food is the quantity of food supply grown or made that exceeds the demand. It’s an abundance of food. In Canada, only 4% of surplus edible food is rescued and redistributed to those in need.

RENEWAL: Our Relationship with Food & the 4th R of Recycling

RENEWAL: Our Relationship with Food & the 4th R of Recycling

To renew means to make like new. Renewal is the process of restoring freshness and reviving something that already existed.  Spring is a time of new beginnings. It is a time of renewal. In the natural world, Spring is marked by the first buds, blossoms, and...

WASTE REDUCTION WEEK: Curb Your Household Food Waste

WASTE REDUCTION WEEK: Curb Your Household Food Waste

The third week of October marks Canada’s Waste Reduction Week where organizations and individuals celebrate initiatives that curb waste and inspire others to do the same. Here are four simple steps that you can do to reduce your household food waste—and join the celebration.

5 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet

5 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet

Make your 2022 resolutions truly count this year by lessening your food impact on the planet and helping those in need. Here are 5 food resolution ideas to start doing now in your home—and make good habits for yourself, your community, and the planet.

8 FOOD WASTE FACTS That Every Canadian Should Know

8 FOOD WASTE FACTS That Every Canadian Should Know

The average Canadian household wastes almost $5 a day ($1,766 per year) on food they’ll end up tossing. Here are 8 food waste facts from our Avoidable Food Waste report to think about the next time you grocery shop or purge your fridge.

APPETITE FOR PERFECTION: How Food Aesthetics Harm Us

APPETITE FOR PERFECTION: How Food Aesthetics Harm Us

If you had a choice between an avocado with a bruise and one without, which one would you choose? Therein lies the problem. Our demand for food perfection is fueling a broken system—and adding to world hunger and environmental degradation.

Our Climate Crisis and Food Security

Our Climate Crisis and Food Security

The 2021 IPCC report sheds a devastating light on our climate crisis. Find out how our global food security will be impacted by changing growing seasons and what we must do to make our broken food systems sustainable in the difficult years to come.

A Drop’s Worth: The Value of Water on Food Security

A Drop’s Worth: The Value of Water on Food Security

Are we valuing water like we should? If 70% of freshwater goes to agriculture—and a majority of that food is lost or wasted along the food supply chain—what does that say about how much water is worth?

5 Questions … with McCain Foods

5 Questions … with McCain Foods

We caught up recently with Audrey Leduc, McCain’s Manager, Planet-Friendly Practices in North America, where we discussed planet-friendly innovation and McCain’s role in these initiatives.

Using the Power of Technology for Good

Using the Power of Technology for Good

This is the story of how Second Harvest underwent an award-winning digital transformation in just 3 weeks with the RedBit Development team—and helped bring food rescue to Canadians in need in the pandemic.

Restore Our Earth: The (Avoidable) Cost of Food Waste

Restore Our Earth: The (Avoidable) Cost of Food Waste

For Earth Month 2021’s theme, Restore Our Earth, we have done a deep dive into the cost of food waste at every step along our food chain and restorative actions to take now in order to slow our impact on our climate.

Art of the Pantry: Finding New Inspiration in Your Cupboards

Art of the Pantry: Finding New Inspiration in Your Cupboards

Your kitchen pantry and cupboards are stocked with canned and dried goods, jams and jars, spices and sauces—now what? Here are tips and recipe ideas to help get you re-inspired to cook and eat great food straight from your pantry!

What Modern Eating Habits Can Learn From Past Generations

What Modern Eating Habits Can Learn From Past Generations

Modern eating habits are a world apart from those of past generations. What have we lost that should be remembered? Despite how far we’ve come (or gone), there are some lessons that our (great) grandparents can teach us about food preparation and preservation that are timeless and relevant today.

Food Rescue on the Global Stage

Food Rescue on the Global Stage

Second Harvest’s own Lori Nikkel was designated a #FoodHero by the United Nations FAO on World Food Day, giving an opportunity for the CEO of Canada’s largest food rescue company to amplify her voice and message to a global audience.

PLATE WASTE: How to Save the Planet One Restaurant Plate at a Time

PLATE WASTE: How to Save the Planet One Restaurant Plate at a Time

Every year, over $7 billion worth of food is wasted at hotels, restaurants and institutions such as school cafeterias. That’s about 13% of all food loss and waste in Canada. The biggest culprit is plate waste. Find out what it is and how to stop it.