TFPC Meeting: Wed Feb 13

the_compostman.jpeg.size.xxlarge.letterboxJoin us for our TFPC meeting on Wednesday, February 13

2:00-5:00, City Hall, Committee Room 4

We are pleased to host a panel discussion on Food Waste and Food Recovery with Ralph Martin, Jo-Anne Sobie, Larry Freiburger, Michelle Coyne, and Helene St. Jacques.

Ralph Martin is the Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at University of Guelph and was the founding director of Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada. Ralph’s approach to sustainable food is “to produce enough food to meet dietary needs today, while preserving productive capacity for future generations of people and other species. This is within the context of healthy soil, clean air and water, and regenerative energy to support resilient farming and fishing communities.” Joining us remotely from Guelph, Ralph will provide a big picture view of the environmental impacts of food waste.

Jo-Anne Sobie is the Executive Director of Second Harvest, Canada’s leading food recovery organization.  Since 1985 Second Harvest has rescued and delivered more than 80 million pounds of food and prevented over 40 million pounds of greenhouse gas equivalents from entering our atmosphere.  Jo-Anne will describe how Second Harvest works with grocery retailers, food manufacturers, food distributors, the Ontario Food Terminal, St. Lawrence Market, event planners, hotels and restaurants to prevent good food from going to waste. That food is then delivered to a network of more than 215 social service agencies across the city.

Larry Freiburger is Principal of AET Group, an employee-owned Canadian environmental consulting firm that provides expertise in waste, ecology, building sciences, energy and environmental management to clientele throughout Ontario, Canada, United States and internationally. Larry will speak about food waste and organic waste diversion programs, including composting and biofuel production based on his extensive experience working with municipalities and the private sector companies of waste diversion including organics.

Michelle Coyne will speak about the socio-legal structure of gleaning and urban food waste including the work she has done with Toronto’s Food Not Bombs group. Michelle is completing her PhD at York University.

Helene St. Jacques, will speak about food waste and the consumers/eaters who are responsible for creating 51% of the total Canadian food waste based on her extensive experience consulting on household waste diversion programs.

Our Local Food Hero this month is Mike Nevin, Master Composter and Compost Facilitator at FoodShare Toronto. For many years, Mike operated the composting program and continues in his role educating people about how to reduce their carbon footprint through composting. Mike’s motto is “Waste not, want not.  Squeeze every bit of value out of everything.”