Our food security rests on a regional and provincial foundation of farmers, farmland, and fisheries. It is impacted by the degree that farmland and fish stocks are protected from loss, the health of soil, water, and air is preserved, and local seed diversity is maintained. Food system activities both affect and are impacted by the health of the environment. Environmental health topics associated with the food system include waste reduction and management, and pollution.
Food recovery and waste management are important parts of the food system. About half of the food that is produced is consumed, and the rest enters the waste stream. To reduce waste, the production and distribution components of the food system can be made more efficient, food packaging can be reduced or eliminated, compostable materials can be diverted from the disposal system, and edible food can be redirected.
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