You are part of the circular food economy

Alison Springate Guelph Smart City Office • 2 November 2020

The concept of a “circular food economy” can seem complicated, we know: you might see it as a vision for agriculture experts and food-related businesses to rethink food processing, pioneer new technologies and adjust their practices towards a more sustainable model.

All true, and there are some exciting examples of this happening right now in our communities, and around the world.

However, we can all play an important role in the circular food economy. It’s a complicated concept, but the choices we make in our homes, schools and workplaces are actually pretty straightforward – and together, we can make a mighty difference.

Here are a few examples:

  1. Plant a vegetable garden. It’s as local as you can get, nutritious and fulfilling. Be warned: you might be snacking in the backyard before the food ever gets inside!
  2. Support locally owned food businesses and restaurants, especially the ones that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and reducing waste.
  3. Bring leftovers to school or work instead of purchasing food that stretches your budget and may be less nutritious. (Hint: many dinner leftovers can be a delicious lunch wrap the next day!)
  4. Reduce food waste in your home. Did you know that as much as 63 per cent of the food that Canadians throw away could have been eaten? We know – shocking. We all have a role to play in reducing this statistic.

This month, Our Food Future has joined a national movement called Love Food Hate Waste Canada. Their simple advice? Plan it out, and use it up. Simple, right? To help us along, they have some super-easy tips and advice that will help point us in the direction of a less wasteful future when it comes to the food we eat at home.

We’ll be sharing their ideas and stories on our social media accounts (follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you aren’t already!) and we encourage you to visit their website for interesting, useful information about food waste in Canada.

Share your secrets with us! How is your household part of the Circular Food Economy?