Call for Proposals: Mapping the Food Waste Issue
The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) seeks a Canadian researcher to lead a project to map the food waste issue.
The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) seeks a Canadian researcher to lead a project on Mapping the Food Waste Issue
. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization
(UN FAO) estimates that one third of the food we produce is wasted along the value chain.
Canadians send about $27 billion in food to landfills and composters each year – approximately the value of Canadian agricultural and agri-food exports in 2007. Inefficiencies that lead to food waste occur at every step of the value chain, including production, inventory, processing, transportation, and consumption. Food waste increases business costs, stresses natural resources like water and arable land, and contributes to climate change.
This project aims to identify the key elements of the food waste issue in Ontario and nationally: stakeholders, sub-issues, and root causes. This research will be used to support the efforts of Provision Coalition
in forming a food waste working group that will seek to reduce food waste across the food supply chain over the next three to five years. This working group will include food producers, manufacturers, distributors, food service, retailers, and other stakeholders. Research outputs will be used by practitioners and made publicly available.
Project Period: Four months commencing August 31, 2013.
Funding: $15,000 Canadian
Deadline for Proposals: August 23, 2013