Québec solidaire wants to halve food waste in the province by 2025 by forcing grocery stores to distribute their unsold items rather than throwing them away.
If adopted as is, the bill presented Thursday by the party’s food spokesperson, Émilise Lessard-Therrien, would force processors, distributors and retailers to sign agreements to revalue unsold products. with recognized organizations.
These companies are alone responsible for 60% of food waste in the province, recalled the solidarity member.
“Food waste is a real scourge. For our farmers, it is time and energy wasted, for the environment it is resources used unnecessarily. For consumers, it also affects their bills, ”she argued at a press briefing.
No less than 11 million tonnes of food is thrown into Canada each year, enough to feed the entire country for five months, said Émilise Lessard-Therrien.
At the same time, requests for help from food banks are on the rise. This year alone, there has been a 30% increase in their use, notably due to the pandemic.
“As more and more families are knocking on the doors of food banks, we simply cannot accept sending all this food to the landfill when it could be distributed to people in need through the organizations in the field ”, concludes the solidarity member.