Canada is a nation that has an abundance of resources especially when in food. Canada is the world’s fifth largest exporter of food. Our nation’s agricultural industry employs 2.2 million people (1 in 8 jobs in Canada) mostly concentrated in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. Canada is also the world’s largest exporter when it comes to flax seed, canola, pulses and durum wheat. Sadly so much labour, energy and resources go to vain due to the levels of waste being so high. Approximately 40% of food produced in Canada is squandered which is approximately $31 billion worth of food as of 2013.We shall explore ways to promote a lifestyle with less food waste as well as finding ways to motivate businesses to waste less food. Our group will also be talking about the issues around modern agriculture and how to make it more sustainable and limit the amount of energy and fossil fuels consumed in growing our food. We will talk about the main problems associated with industrial agriculture and ways to solve and greatly reduce or eliminate the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that are harmful to the environment by working with nature as opposed to against it.
In order to go to the root of the problem and come up with possible solutions we have come up with a few inquiry questions:
How does food waste connect to Climate Change and Carbon Footprint?
How Can Consumers Minimize the Threat of Food Insecurity Whilst Enabling Businesses to Maximize Their Profits?
What can be changed about modern agriculture to make it more sustainable?