Food isn’t garbage, so why do North Americans throw so much of it out?

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Toronto, ON – Tuesday, May 4, 2010 –  Leading Canadian and US researchers are meeting in Toronto on Thursday to determine why so much useable food is thrown out in North America, and what can be done to minimize it.

The meeting - organized by MITACS, a national research network which connects researchers from academia, industry and government around key economic and societal issues - is being headed up by Dr. Kevin Hall, an Investigator at the US National Institutes of Health and a member of the MITACS Research Management Committee.

“The fact that North Americans waste so much food annually when there are chronic food shortages around the world means that we must look for solutions to this problem,” said Dr. Hall. “Wastage occurs at every point in the food supply chain from farming and food production, transportation, grocery stores, restaurants and households. We must find ways to make things better.”

At the MITACS workshop, experts in environmental studies, sociology, mathematics and statistics, public health, chemistry and biology and food science will develop a strategy for addressing the food wastage problem. Representatives from the Toronto Food Policy Council, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy and US Environmental Protection Agency are also attending.

“If only 10% of the food we throw out were re-directed to some of the world’s poorest, it could have a huge impact,” said Daniel Fontaine, MITACS’ Executive Vice-President. “By researching potential policy chances and efficiencies in farming and production, we can reduce the amount of food that is wasted in North America.”



The media is invited to a pre-event briefing with Dr. Kevin Hall:Date:
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: 8:30 – 9am
Location: 2nd floor Foyer - 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto




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