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Food Waste in Canada (Part 1) with Dr. Ralph Martin

December 15, 2017

Food waste—or wasted food—has become a popular issue lately. One study showed we’re wasting 40% of all the food that we produce in Canada—almost half of what’s on our plates!

Dealing with waste is also a pricey problem: according to Canada’s National Zero Waste Council, every year local governments in Canada spend about $3.2 billion managing 34 million tonnes of waste—which includes all kinds of garbage, including wasted food—per year. All the while, one in nine people in the world still suffer from hunger or don’t get enough of the right nutrients.

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Ralph Martin, a professor and Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production within the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. Dr. Martin recently conducted research on food waste in Ontario. Together with his research team, he actually picked through our trash to find out what we’re wasting in our homes. From wasted energy, emitting unnecessary greenhouse gases, to degraded soils, Dr. Martin explains why wasted food is such an important problem worth solving. He explains how a simple attitude shift and more appreciation and understanding of the food we have may be the key to solving this and pressing problem.

*The views expressed in Food and Health Today do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontario Public Health Association/ Nutrition Resource Centre.