Food waste: numbers are enormous

Not directly a Montreal story, but following on the heels of the news of high demand on food banks is a piece about how much food Canadians waste with the allegation that much of the waste is at the household level, with 79 kg (175 lbs) being thrown out per person annually.

That’s fairly staggering. I put stuff in the composting, yes – peels and eggshells and other inedible trimmings. But per year, actual once-edible food? Maybe a few past-due salad greens. How can people lose track of so much food?