The Government of Canada is incentivizing green food production by offering the potential of large cash rewards for reducing food waste.
The first two streams of the Government of Canada’s Food Waste Reduction Challenge launched on November 19 as part of the Food Policy for Canada.
According to estimates, more than half of Canada’s food supply is wasted annually and $49.5 billion of that wasted food is avoidable, and 8% of all greenhouse gases worldwide are the result of food waste. Food is wasted from farm to plate, through production, processing, distribution, retail, foodservice and at home.
Challenge Streams A and B are now open for concept applications with a closing date of January 18, 2021. Up to $10.8 million will be awarded to innovators with an innovative new business model that can prevent or divert food waste at any point from farm-to-plate. At each stage of the process, an external group of subject matter experts will recommend which applicants move to the following stage and receive funding. For Challenge Streams A and B, at the last stage, one winner per stream will be awarded a grand prize of up to $1.5 million.
Funding will be awarded to those whose innovative solutions have the potential of reducing the most amount of food waste, with a focus on new innovators looking to accelerate and grow their solutions and who may not have the necessary resources.
Altogether, the Food Waste Reduction Challenge is a $20 million investment. The launch of two additional challenge streams focused on technological solutions to food waste is planned for spring 2021. Challenge Streams C and D will support technologies that can extend the life of food or transform food that would otherwise be lost or wasted.
Eligible participants of the challenge could include for-profit and non-profit organizations,
Indigenous organizations, community groups, Canadian academic institutions, regional and municipal governments, and individuals. It’s also open to international applicants with a Canadian partner or an ability to register to do business in Canada.
This is Canada’s latest push for a sustainable future in foodservice. The government also wants to ban all single-use plastics by the end of 2021.
SOURCE: Government of Canada