The High Cost of Free Food: How to Tackle Food Waste and Food Insecurity As Separate Problems

Canadians are increasingly coming to terms with how colossal a problem food waste is. If it were a country, food waste would be the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases. In Canada, where we waste 40 percent of the food we produce, it’s a $31-billion problem.

As this problem comes more and more onto the environmental agenda, there is an increasing push to find “win-win” solutions that either build on existing charitable initiatives or look at new innovations that will divert waste to low-income people as a way to alleviate poverty and food insecurity.

This webinar will take a critical look at these responses and ask whether they are really a win for the health and dignity of the people they are aimed at benefiting. Food insecurity researcher Dr. Valerie Tarasuk will discuss why redirecting food waste to charities should not be touted as a solution to food insecurity, and food waste expert Dr. Ralph Martin will propose alternate solutions that disentangle the issues of food waste and hunger and provide responses that are appropriate to the problem. The webinar will be moderated by Community Food Centres Canada’s Chief Operating Officer, Kathryn Scharf.