October 31st, 2020

SACPA to discuss food waste at today’s session


By Mabell, Dave on November 28, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

While children are starving in some nations, Canadians continue to throw away hundreds of dollars worth of food month after month.

The average Canadian household wastes $1,760 every year, reports Kathleen Sheppard – whether it’s spoiled fruit, past-due milk or mouldy bread.

And Sheppard, executive director of Environment Lethbridge, says that’s not just a drain on the family income, it’s also bad for the environment.

Wasted food is calculated to create eight per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. And still more are created in the production, packaging, transportation, warehousing and selling of those products.

Executive director of Environment Lethbridge since 2015, Sheppard is featured speaker at today’s session of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. She brings more than 25 years of experience with non-profit organizations in British Columbia and Alberta, including past experience in land conservation and social planning and policy.

Today’s noon-hour session in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, open to all interested, is set for noon. A hot meal is offered for $14, or $2 for coffee and tea.

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