The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste: The Roadmap

Stated in simple terms, food loss and waste (FLW) is 1) the discarding of resources along the value chain utilized in the production and distribution of consumer foods and beverages, and 2) foods purchased by consumers though not eaten. As shown in the diagram below, the term “food loss” is typically used to describe the discarding of food that occurs from production through to processing, while the term “food waste” describes the discarding of food during its distribution to consumers through retail or food service and subsequently in the home. Food waste also applies to food and beverages that are donated to food rescue organizations but end up being discarded.

This roadmap examines food loss and waste (FLW) research and proposes a way forward for the industry.

Author:  Nikkel, L., Maguire, M., Gooch, M., Bucknell, D., LaPlain, D., Dent, B., Whitehead, P., Felfel, A

Published By:  Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International

Publication Date: January 2019

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AgriTech Hackathon @ Beamsville District Secondary School
Oct 18 – Oct 20 all-day

AgriTech Hackathon brings together individuals, businesses and educational institutions for a three day event to find solutions to challenges for the agriculture and ecotourism sectors.

A hackathon is an event that fosters innovation and collaboration with the goal of expanding technology development. Current challenges in the agricultural industry are identified and tech solutions are proposed. Multiple teams will be asked to find probable solutions to a series of given challenges for the agriculture and eco- tourism sectors.

The AgriTech Hackathon is designed to not only help solve problems, but enable a connection and conversation between our rural and urban communities.

There are five AgriTech Hackathon Challenges:

  • Soil erosion and depletion
  • Diseases and pests
  • Infrastructure
  • Ecotourism and sustainability
  • Production and environment

Keynote speaker: Dr. Greg Baiden, CEO, Penguin Automated Systems Inc.

This event is hosted by the Town of Lincoln & Spark Niagara.

Niagara Health Expo @ Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
Oct 19 all-day

People will learn about available healthcare services and products by connecting with local doctors and practitioners in the Niagara Health Expo on Saturday, October 19 at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Visitors will find demonstrations, product samples, and information hand-outs. Speakers will connect directly with attendees in a comfortable, interactive environment.

Free admission and free parking for visitors is made possible by the generous support of the Expo sponsors.

The health fair has been designed to make it simple for people of all ages to attend the event hosted by Hotel Dieu Shaver.

Unified Mobility Summit @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Kitchener-Waterloo
Oct 20 – Oct 23 all-day

Canada’s Unified Mobility Summit will be held in Waterloo from October 20 to 23, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Unified Mobility Summit brings together participants from across the country and internationally to address how communities are moving to smart, future-ready connected transportation. The Summit offers a productive environment to learn, network, collaborate, all while focused on improving transportation options for people living in Canadian communities.

Unified Mobility is sustainable, multimodal, integrated and connected. It is all about choice and how every individual should be able to choose the best way to get around through the unified delivery of all modes, services, tools and information. It is the foundation for an autonomous future, where ridesharing through carpooling, vanpooling and transit can be dynamically booked, scheduled and paid for all within this unified delivery concept. Further, it integrates and is the aggregator for carsharing, bike sharing, ride-hailing and supportive services like emergency ride home, parking and more.

This event is hosted by ACT Canada Sustainable Mobility Network.

Waste Reduction Week: Walker Environmental Compost Facility Tour @ Niagara Region - Campbell West
Oct 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Waste Reduction Week is a national environmental campaign which builds awareness around sustainable and responsible consumption, and promotes actions to divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.

Learn how your Green Bin material is turned into a high quality compost through a guided bus tour of Walker Environmental Group’s Compost Facility. Participants are to meet the bus at Regional Headquarters Campbell West Entrance where parking is available for visitors.

Tours are free of charge; however, reservations are required to participate in the tours and space is limited. Participants can reserve their spaces for the tour by calling the Region’s Waste Info-Line at 905-356-4141 or 1-800-594-5542 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please sign up before Friday, Oct. 18 to secure your spot.

This event is hosted by Niagara Region.

Community Strategies to Support the Zero Suicide Initiative @ Carmen's Banquet Centre
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This event will highlight practical applications for preventing suicide in your community and improving collaboration with primary care, community care services and hospital transitions.

Target audience:

  • Health care providers
  • Public health representatives
  • Community agency staff
  • Mental health providers
  • University/college staff and learners
  • Counsellors
  • School and educational staff

Keynote speakers:

  • Implementing the Zero Initiative in London – Dr. Sandra Northcott, Chief, Mental Health Care, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
  • Men’s Suicide: What’s Going on? – Dr. Raj Bhatla, Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of Staff, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
  • WHO – Brief Intervention and Consult Program – Dr. Zena Samaan, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

This event is hosted by the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton.

Workshop for Educators: Tinkering With Wood @ ECCDC
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Have you been hearing about ‘Tinkering’, ‘Tinker Labs’, ‘Tinker schools’ and so on, and wondered what all this Tinkering is about? Well if so, this three-part ‘Tinkering Series’ is for you.

The series will provide opportunities for educators to explore what tinkering is (chances are that you are already doing it) and how educators can intentionally incorporate tinkering into your early learning and child care programs.

This session will focus on reviving the ‘lost art’ of utilizing wood and woodworking in early learning and child care programs, and how educators can ‘bring it back’ into their practice.

This session will take place off-site in a dedicated woodworking environment and will include using real tools and consider health and safety, and risk benefit analysis.

This event is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).

Networking Event: Banter With Bigwigs @ Brock University
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join United Way on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 for the first Banter with Bigwigs in Niagara in the Goodman Atrium at Brock University.

Presented by the Verge Insurance Group, this event will bring young professionals together with c-suite executives, offering a unique opportunity to network and gain insight into various professional industries. Enjoy a fun evening of networking, food, drinks, prizes & more!

Tickets are free and come with:

  • An exclusive opportunity to sit down with high-caliber executives (network and receive essential career advice)
  • A professional LinkedIn headshot
  • Complimentary food with cash bar
  • A networking template with key questions
  • An opportunity to win prizes

This event is hosted by United Way Niagara.


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