ICYMI: B.C. teen fights food waste, 7-Eleven launches food delivery, Greenpeace audits plastic trash and more

Here are six things you might have missed in food news this week

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This week's food news was full of passionate change makers. One of them is 17 years old Justin Kulik from Kelowna, B.C., who collected more than 100,000 signatures in his fight against food waste. Another change maker, Greenpeace, recently made some new discoveries in terms of waste. The organization audited plastic trash found during the World Clean Up Day and the results were interesting. Convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, is also making some changes in Canada's food sector. It launched a popular delivery service through Foodora in four large Canadian cities.

Here are the details on what you may have missed in food news across Canada this week.

B.C. teen fights food waste

Seventeen years old, Justin Kulik from Kelowna, B.C. decided to fight for a better world. He collected more than 100,000 signatures for his petition against food waste, which he will soon present to the Minister of Agriculture in Ottawa. Kulik is hoping that the government will motivate grocery stores in Canada to donate all unexpired unsold products to the food banks instead of throwing them out.

Read more about the story at Huffington Post.

A 62-year-old woman raised $15K for B.C. Cancer Foundation

Gia Tran has been regularly donating a small amount of cash she receives for depositing bottles and cans to the B.C. Cancer Foundation. The charity estimates that the donations have added up to roughly $15K over the years. Tran has been collecting bottles and cans in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside almost every single day for more than 21 years, and she doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.

Read more about the story at CBC News.

7-Eleven launches food delivery service in Canada

A popular American convenience store, 7-Eleven, launches food delivery via Foodora in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Customers will now be able to order various snacks and everyday essentials online and have them delivered to their doorstep.

Read more about the story at CBC News.


Companies attitudes towards marijuana in Canada's food sector

Dalhousie University conducted a survey researching attitudes of Canadian food and beverage companies towards marijuana in the food sector. The results show that even though almost half of the surveyed companies support legalization of marijuana, the majority of the companies are concerned with the risks that marijuana edibles will have on children and young adults.

Read more about the survey results in The Globe and Mail.

Greenpeace audits plastic trash collected on the World Clean Up Day

Greenpeace discovered during its latest audit of plastic trash found on Canadian shorelines that most of this waste was made up of Nestlé and Tim Hortons packaging. The audit was a part of the organization´s Break Free from the Plastic campaign. Find out what other brand names dominated in the waste in this article from CBC News.

Pumpkins are largely wasted food source

Statistics show that pumpkins are largely wasted food source in Canada, despite their high nutritious value and affordability. Especially in this time of the year, people use pumpkins mostly as decorations, and after the season, they throw them away. However, this wasn't always the case.

Read more about the story at CBC News.