Agriculture is a key part of the food and organic waste circuit. Aside from manure that is reinvested into soils as fertilizer, farms don’t produce a significant amount of waste, but agriculture must be part of food and organic waste discussions to address unique considerations and solutions for urban and rural Ontario.
Special food waste considerations are needed for rural, northern and remote Ontario. Community size and geographic distribution present unique issues under existing organic waste resource recovery legislation.
Agriculture is also integral to the final stages of the food and organic waste resource circuit, and will be an important partner in the distribution of composts and other food waste.
OFA believes support is needed to develop regional solutions, including partnerships among municipalities, industry and communities. Community-based solutions such as organic waste processing infrastructure, small-scale composting, and small-scale biogas and biomass energy generation facilities for rural, northern and remote areas are needed to reduce food waste.