Our Food Future: 50 x 50 x 50 by 2025

Imagine a food system where there’s no such thing
as waste and where every citizen has access to
the healthy, nutritious food they need. Imagine a
living lab that promotes collaboration between
food entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and social
innovators—and a rural-urban partnership that
leverages smart technology to make it all possible.
A global transformation has begun—and Guelph/
Wellington aims to lead the way. Help us create the
food community of the future.

Imagine a food system where there’s no such thing as waste and where everyone has access to the healthy, nutritious food they need.

Imagine a living lab that promotes collaboration between food entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and social innovators — and a rural-urban partnership that leverages smart technology to make it all possible.

A global transformation has begun — and Guelph/Wellington aims to lead the way. Our goal is to become Canada's first technology-enabled circular food economy.

Food is a fundamental requirement of life and the basic structure of today's linear "take-make-dispose" food system is unsustainable economically, socially and environmentally. By fostering a rural-urban partnership and bringing the food system and communities back into healthy balance, we hope to achieve our bold vision of 50 x 50 x 50 by 2025:

  • 50% increase in access to affordable, nutritious food;
  • 50 new food businesses and collaboration opportunities; and
  • 50% increase in economic revenues by reducing and reimagining our food waste.

Guelph/Wellington has been named a finalist in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, and together we have a chance to win $10 million to put our vision into action. Help us create the food community of the future — Our Food Future.

Imagine a food system where there’s no such thing as waste and where everyone has access to the healthy, nutritious food they need.

Imagine a living lab that promotes collaboration between food entrepreneurs, farmers, researchers and social innovators — and a rural-urban partnership that leverages smart technology to make it all possible.

A global transformation has begun — and Guelph/Wellington aims to lead the way. Our goal is to become Canada's first technology-enabled circular food economy.

Food is a fundamental requirement of life and the basic structure of today's linear "take-make-dispose" food system is unsustainable economically, socially and environmentally. By fostering a rural-urban partnership and bringing the food system and communities back into healthy balance, we hope to achieve our bold vision of 50 x 50 x 50 by 2025:

  • 50% increase in access to affordable, nutritious food;
  • 50 new food businesses and collaboration opportunities; and
  • 50% increase in economic revenues by reducing and reimagining our food waste.

Guelph/Wellington has been named a finalist in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, and together we have a chance to win $10 million to put our vision into action. Help us create the food community of the future — Our Food Future.

50 Tips to Become a Food Future Star

The City of Guelph and Wellington County are working together to achieve a Circular Food Economy through our Smart Cities application. The Guelph Wellington definition of a Smart (er) city is:

A resilient, inclusive and collaboratively built community where people, data and technology create a living lab of possibilities.

We want to understand how people and Guelph are already being smart and reducing food waste and we want to give you tips to change our collective behaviors and waste even less.

Tell us what you do to reduce food waste in your home and tell us what you pledge to do in the future.

No identifying personal information is included in this survey. 

Star Shopping: Buy what you need

The first step to reducing food waste is to avoid buying what you don't need.

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Star Storage: Keeping food fresh

Follow these tips to store your food for longer and keep food from going in the trash.

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Star Preparation: Save time and effort

Preparing food ahead of time is convenient and reduces waste.

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Star Saving: Use food and reduce waste

Here are some ways to prioritize food and eliminate food waste.

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Star Sharing: Reducing waste together

Food tips that benefit your community.

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