A food waste audit at a multi-unit residential building.
Under the supervision of Principal Investigator Dr. Virginia Maclaren at the University of Toronto, Food Systems Lab (with Dr. Tammara Soma and Belinda Li as Co-Investigators) was awarded a Seeding Food Innovation Grant from the Weston Foundation to better understand the efficacy of awareness campaigns to increase awareness of the negative impact of food waste and encourage residents to take action to reduce food waste at home. We created and tested three types of household food waste awareness campaigns in the City of Toronto, with surveys and waste audits before and after to measure their effectiveness. Results from our study have been published in Sustainability, with more journal articles on the way.
Participants receive information in an electronic or printed newsletter
Participants are invited to a series of workshops in their community
Participants are invited to play a trivia game once per week
We are happy to share our campaign materials for use in other projects and initiatives. Please credit the University of Toronto and Food Systems Lab if you are using any of these materials as well as let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can track how these resources are used beyond our research project.
Eat Your Leftovers!
Our baseline waste audit shows that 35% of the food we waste are prepared foods and leftovers. These are ready-to-eat items that we could simply reheat as a meal on their own, or combine with other ingredients to create new meals.
Do Online Games Work?
We are seeing some promising preliminary results. The amount of edible food waste per person was lowest and decreased the most for the Online Trivia Game group.