Circular Food Systems

Canada’s agri-food
industry—which includes all the enterprises that produce, sell, and deliver food—is one of Canada’s most important economic sectors. At the same time, the value of food lost or wasted every year in Canada is estimated to be worth $49 billion. Circular economy principles applied to Canada’s agri-food system can help to address the food loss and waste issue while generating multiple co-benefits, including enhancing food security and the resiliency of supply chains; creating new economic, investment, and employment opportunities; reducing pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; improving nutrient cycling and restored biodiversity; and providing greater equity and related social benefits.

While various circular food related efforts and initiatives are underway across Canada, existing efforts are fragmented, often by sector as well as geography. The Circular Food Systems work stream will engage a broad set of stakeholders across the entire value chain and agri-food ecosystem in Canada, resulting in an accelerated transition to a circular food system through coordinated and collective action.

The Circular Food Systems work stream will go beyond the focus on food waste to encompass the entire agri-food ecosystem in Canada, linking existing efforts together and going deeper on emerging topics and that require further research and investigation. It will also be designed to identify circular food economy opportunities within Canada that are place-based, allowing communities large and small, urban and rural, and from coast to coast to coast, to connect in alignment with their food and place-based identities.

Previous Event Recordings

Publications, Blogs & Articles

  • Circular Economy Global Sector Best Practices Series: Agri-food Sector Chapter (author: SPI). Read the Report
  • How Precision Agriculture can Revolutionized Canada’s Agri-food Sector (author: Paul Shorthouse, CELC / The Delphi Group). Read the blog

Partners & Sponsors

  • National Zero Waste Council
  • Smart Cities (Guelph-Wellington) – Our Food Future
  • Smart Prosperity Institute
  • Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
  • Overwaitea Food Group / Save-on-Foods

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