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Maple Leaf Foods and Earth Rangers Unite Thousands of Canadian Children to Make Fighting Climate Change a Daily Habit

Challenge to reduce food waste keeps more than 19,000 plates of food out of landfills – that’s equal to 18 times the weight of a grand piano!

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 21, 2023 /CNW/ – Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI), the world’s first major carbon neutral food company, in partnership with kids’ conservation organization Earth Rangers, has harnessed the collective power of Canada’s youngest generation to help combat the 2.2 million tonnes of food wasted in Canada annually – that’s like throwing away the weight of two million bricks every day.

Launched in fall 2022, kids across the country took part in the Earth Rangers’ app-based ‘All Taste, No Waste’ Challenge for six months. Children learned how to form and log environmentally friendly ‘habits’ such as selecting misshapen produce, composting, reusing leftovers and more. The challenge reinforced how small changes can have a big impact on the environment when we step up for environmental sustainability.

More than 9,300 Earth Rangers across Canada used fun resources to learn about and log over 119,000 new sustainable food habits, such as ‘Being a Clean Plate Champion’ where kids only dished up as much as they could eat, saving 19,192 plates of food from landfill – enough to provide lunch for a person for 53 years! The ‘upcooking’ habit prompted kids to log 14,834 meals made from leftovers – that’s the weight of almost 1,000 bowling balls!

As a reward for being climate champions and logging 100,000 habits collectively, Earth Rangers across the country unlocked an ‘All Taste, No Waste’ leftovers-focused cookbook** as a ‘thank you’ for protecting our planet. The cookbook was curated by Maple Leaf Foods’ Queen of Cuisine, Chef Sam Lazuric. Maple Leaf Foods sponsored the cookbook reward in response to 76 per cent of Canadians surveyed who expressed a desire for information about little changes they could make to help the environment1. The free, downloadable resource available to families across the country will be welcomed given that Maple Leaf’s research also revealed that 69 per cent of Canadians want examples of recipes that help reduce food waste2.

Little Changes, Big Impact
The ‘All Taste, No Waste’ Challenge is part of Earth Rangers’ ‘Project 2050’, a program funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Collective action through Project 2050 has resulted in rewards that have supported over 10,000 bees in the Northern Territories, a reforestation initiative in Kamloops BC and a species reintroduction initiative in Toronto which released Blanding’s Turtles into rehabilitated wetlands.

“The fight against climate change starts at home with every member of the family, and to help preserve the planet, we need to empower every generation to learn how each of us can step up for sustainability and join this fight,” says Randy Huffman, Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer at Maple Leaf Foods. “This family-focused challenge powerfully symbolizes that giving easy-to-incorporate habits to eliminate food waste will instil behaviours in children to last each mealtime, and a lifetime.”

Stepping Up for Sustainability, One Habit at a Time
The challenge included habits that encouraged kids to get creative while combating food waste, logging habits that have a measurable difference.



Upcook Leftovers (make a new, tasty meal
using leftovers)

Over 14,000 dinner plates of food were saved,
that’s more than seven times the height of the CN


Be a Clean Plate Champion

Kids chose to only dish up as much as they could
eat on 19,192 occasions, a significant feat given
that 60 per cent of food households discard is fresh
enough to be eaten at the dinner table.


Make Black Gold

Kids converted food waste into future food options
15,136 times by composting. This is a much-needed
habit as only 6 per cent of food thrown out gets
composted and the rest ends up as garbage.


Stop the Fuzz

Children froze food items before they spoiled
15,776 times – meaning the nation has freezers full
of fresh produce ready for soups, smoothies or even
sliced banana to top oatmeal.


Be a Produce Picking Pro (Go Wacky)

Kids picked imperfect, and often wasted, produce
from their family’s grocery shop, showing their
support 12,730 times. It’s an important habit to
adopt as ‘imperfect’ produce is often turned away by
grocery stores for not meeting strict cosmetic
standards. Imperfect produce makes up
approximately 40 per cent of total food waste.


Be a Food Label Wizard


Kids were encouraged to work with an adult to look
at and understand best before dates. 13,714 habits
were logged as kids learned the importance of
labels since often food past its best before date
(different to a ‘use by’ date) ends up in the garbage
when it could have been eaten.


Master the Secrets of the Fridge

Kids logged 13,815 instances of preserving food in
the fridge for freshness before it has a chance to
spoil. This is key to limiting food waste – and better
for your pockets – as Canadians spend an average
of $1,766 every year on uneaten groceries. That’s
like buying a $5 coffee every single day and never
drinking it!


Think Before You Toss

Earth Rangers across the country logged 14,715
instances of prolonging the life of produce at home
by turning them into delicious smoothies or soup,
inspiring creativity.

Maple Leaf Foods has been carbon neutral since 2019 and is on a journey to become the most sustainable protein company on earth. It is committed to empowering Canadians to fight against climate change, and the ‘All Taste, No Waste’ Challenge is just one example in a variety of campaigns. For example, the Maple Leaf Foods Green Glossary explains eco terminology in a family-friendly way and the Little Changes Home Challenge inspires little changes you can make in each room of the home to help the environment. The company stresses the importance of building on these efforts as new research by Maple Leaf Foods revealed that 76 per cent of Canadians recognize climate change is a critical issue and want to have an impact, but many feel overwhelmed by where to start.

“The success of the ‘All Taste, No Waste’ challenge proves that kids have a real ‘appetite’ to protect the planet and fight climate change and that with the right knowledge and tools, they can be a real force,” says Tovah Barocas, President of Earth Rangers. “We encourage all families to follow their lead and see every mealtime as an opportunity to take a positive step towards sustainability.”

To learn more about the ‘All Taste, No Waste’ challenge, click here.
About Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Maple Leaf Foods is a carbon neutral company with a vision to be the most sustainable protein company on earth, responsibly producing food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders® Country Naturals®, Mina®, Greenfield Natural Meat Co.®, Lightlife® and Field Roast™. The Company employs approximately 14,000 people and does business primarily in Canada, the U.S. and Asia. The Company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario and its shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MFI).
About Earth Rangers

Earth Rangers is the largest youth conservation organization in the world, committed to empowering a new generation of environmental leaders. Earth Rangers instils environmental knowledge, positivity, and the confidence to take action in children. The free Earth Rangers app offers thousands of hours of education and activities that children can participate in at home and in their communities. Since 2020, members have completed over 724,000 environmental missions and raised over $500,000 for conservation. To learn more visit

1 About this Study: These are the findings of a study commissioned by Maple Leaf Foods among a nationally representative sample of 1,532 Canadians who are members of the online Angus Reid Forum, balanced and weighted on age, gender, region and education. For comparison purposes only, a sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. The study was conducted in English and French from March 17-21, 2022.

2 About this Study: These are the findings of a survey conducted by Strategic Objectives, on behalf of Maple Leaf Foods, from January 27-31, 2023 among a nationally representative sample of n=1,508 Canadians, balanced and weighted on age, gender, region and education. For comparison purposes only, a sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. The survey was offered in both English and French.

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