A Sustainable Food Secure Future Symposium
Intersection of Food Surplus and Food Insecurity
The tremendous quantity of wholesome food wasted in our food system is a critical socio-economic and environmental concern. At the same time, the number of Canadians experiencing food insecurity is growing. And the disparity between food and nutrition gap is on the rise.
Both food waste and food security issues rightly stimulate concerns, discussions and actions by community developers, environmentalists, health care professionals, academes, policy makers and social justice workers. More often than not, the two issues get discussed discretely. Connections between them are often perceived with the simple assumption that food can be “rescued” and then given to those in need – this will solve both problems.
Food waste and food security challenges are multi-faceted, multi-dimensional and intrinsically inter-related. A deeper positive relationship exists between reduction of food waste, elimination of hunger and poverty reduction strategy.
This symposium will bring together practitioners, advocates, farmers, researchers and community developers in the areas of food policy and anti-hunger work to explore innovative solutions to bridge the intersection of food surplus and food insecurity to create a sustainable food future for Peel