Teen serves up food waste petition
Calling for a law to force supermarkets to donate all unsold food
Why are supermarkets throwing food away when so many Canadians are going hungry?
That’s the question a 17-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., is asking today — on World Food Day.
Justin Kulik travelled to Ottawa to put the question directly to Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.
Kulik brought a petition with him signed by almost 170,000 people.
The petition calls for an “anti-food waste law.”
A law like that would mean supermarkets have to donate any good food they can’t sell to charities like food banks.
A similar law exists in Quebec and France.
In an email, MacAulay said he agreed that food waste is a significant issue.
He said the federal government has been thinking about the problem as it works on a new food policy for the country.
“In Canada, we have to produce more food, we have to produce safe food, we have to make sure food is distributed properly around the country,” he said.
“Food waste is a part of that work.”