Food Waste Pilot Project

July 23, 2013


Our Solid Waste Resources staff and the Professor of Sustainable Food Production in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph and his students, are conducting a joint research project—called the Food Waste Pilot Project—to study food waste behaviour.

 The research team will weigh organics, recyclables and garbage bags set at the curb for collection from 300 randomly selected households and administer a short survey to determine opinions, attitudes and values around food waste in the home. Find out why this study is important.

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One Comment on “Food Waste Pilot Project”

  1. trikha48 Says:

    Kudos to Mayor Karen Farbridge for the Food Waste Pilot Project
    This is an excellent project Karen.Congrats and kudos for such initiatives.I am quite sure that the findings of this project can encourage the team to pursue it at a larger scale. Myself being a Professor and researcher in Chemistry understand the need for such projects for general public. I have carried a similar study in India with my research group and going a step further we had found ways to utilize the waste for useful purpose and is still continuing with financial support from various governmental non-governmental agencies. Your experience as Director Ontario Public Interest Research Group and Ph.D degree in Biology apart from being a successful Mayor for the third term has all lead to such outcomes. Kudos once again. I would encourage all city residents to take interest in this scientific study which is sure to bring excellent results.Professor of Sustainable Food Production in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph and his students deserve my best wishes for this project and bringing eye-opening figures for the Guelphites. Here are these figures:
    1.It’s estimated nearly 40 per cent of all food produced in Canada is wasted.
    2.Studies in the UK concluded the vast majority of consumer food waste could be avoided, and that while approximately one-fifth of food thrown away includes items such as peelings, cores and bones, the rest was once perfectly edible.
    3.On average, Canadian households waste $28 of edible food each week.
    4.Food waste represents approximately twenty percent of Guelph’s waste stream.
    When we look at the magnitude of hunger in the world(1),such research projects can bring long-lasting solutions.
    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people, or one in eight people in the world, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Almost all the hungry people, 852 million, live in developing countries, representing 15 percent of the population of developing counties. There are 16 million people undernourished in developed countries (FAO 2012).
    The number of undernourished people decreased nearly 30 percent in Asia and the Pacific, from 739 million to 563 million, largely due to socio-economic progress in many countries in the region. The prevalence of undernourishment in the region decreased from 23.7 percent to 13.9 percent.
    Latin America and the Caribbean also made progress, falling from 65 million hungry in 1990-1992 to 49 million in 2010-2012, while the prevalence of undernourishment dipped from 14.6 percent to 8.3 percent. But the rate of progress has slowed recently.
    The number of hungry grew in Africa over the period, from 175 million to 239 million, with nearly 20 million added in the last few years. Nearly one in four are hungry. And in sub-Saharan Africa,
    The modest progress achieved in recent years up to 2007 was reversed, with hunger rising 2 percent per year since then.

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