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Webinar: Can Schools Make Food Waste Reduction Go Viral?

Farm to School Webinar series
Hosted on October 24, 2019 as part of Farm to School Month, this webinar explores qualities of ‘viral’ campaigns that may be applied to spark a youth movement to tackle food waste.

Presented by Dr Tammara Soma, contributor on the 2019 Farm to School Month feature resource, Food Matters Action Toolkit. Available in English only.


About the Event

What is food waste? and why is it such a big problem in Canada ($49 Billion/ year to be exact)? Did you know that food waste is an important contributor to the climate change problem? In this webinar, teachers will have the opportunity to learn about their role as an “influencer” in the fight against food waste and will provide ideas that they can implement to spark a viral youth movement to prevent, reduce and recover food waste in their schools, homes, and communities. Participants will leave the webinar with several learning tools and ideas for class projects that can be piloted or implemented in their schools.

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Dr. Tammara Soma is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University where she conducts research on issues pertaining to food system resiliency, consumption, food waste, and circular economy. Her research focuses on developing food resiliency planning for cities facing the impact of climate change. She also conducts research on solutions for food waste prevention and reduction and is active in youth engagement. She recently completed a project funded by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to create an Action Kit for youth to tackle climate change through food waste reduction, prevention and recovery. She is the Research Director and Co-Founder of the Food Systems Lab the first social innovation lab to tackle food waste in Canada, and is a committee member of the United States National Academies of Science “a systems approach to reduce consumer food waste” initiative. Beyond academic publications, she has also written for the Huffington Post, Policy Options, Alternatives Journal, and is frequently interviewed by media such as the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, CBC, BBC, National Observer, TVO The Agenda and more.

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