Reducing food waste and developing a Canadian food policyReducing food waste and developing a Canadian food policy<div class="ExternalClassC205FD2D8AED41B2960107BFD2385E0E"><p>The federal government has embarked on a process to develop a framework for a national food policy. As a first step, Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agrifoods Canada (whose mandate is to lead the development of the food policy), organized a summit of important stakeholders in Ottawa on June 22-23. </p><p>As Chair of the National Zero Waste Council, which has prepared a National Food Waste Reduction Strategy (available at nzwc.ca), Malcolm Brodie was invited to participate. In the breakout sessions, Malcolm spoke to the leadership that Metro Vancouver has taken to implement an organics ban and introduce the Love Food Hate Waste campaign – two initiatives that should be adopted across Canada. </p><p>In the final session he argued that reducing food waste should be an essential component of a food policy for Canada – a notion supported by the Minister. </p><p>Meanwhile, there has been an effort across Canada to engage important stakeholders in strengthening the National Food Waste Reduction Strategy spearheaded by Canada’s National Zero Waste Council. This has involved interviews, surveys, webinars and workshops involving more than 500 Canadians across the country. Bob Long, Co-Chair of the Food Working Group, has been the active in this engagement process – presenting the Strategy and facilitating the dialogue. </p><p> </p><p><img width="250" src="/metroupdate/PublishingImages/nzwcLogo.jpg" alt="" style="width:250px;" /></p> <p> <em>The National Zero Waste Council is a Canada-wide leadership initiative with a mission to act collaboratively with business, government and the community, at the national and international level, as an agent of change for waste prevention and reduction in the design, production and use of goods. Founded by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2013, the Council has united, among others, five of Canada’s largest metropolitan regions with key business. </em></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue34-NFWRS.jpg2017-07-31T07:00:00ZGP0|#2c0fce0a-9b46-4bae-b276-c523188c6aa3;L0|#02c0fce0a-9b46-4bae-b276-c523188c6aa3|Issue 34;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass988C9B3B8E7B48E2A21A205EAA741C51"><p>​The federal government has embarked on a process to develop a framework for a national food policy.  As a first step, Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agrifoods Canada (whose mandate is to lead the development of the food policy), organized a summit of important stakeholders in Ottawa on June 22-23.   As Chair of the National Zero Waste Council, which has prepared a National Food Waste Reduction Strategy (available at nzwc.ca), Director Malcolm Brodie was invited to participate. In the breakout sessions, Director Brodie spoke to the leadership that Metro Vancouver has taken to implement an organics ban and introduce the Love Food Hate Waste campaign – two initiatives that should be adopted across Canada. </p></div>0