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The Future Fix Podcast: Food Security and Circular Economies

  • Date Updated: December 2019

The Future Fix is a collaboration between Evergreen and Spacing for the Community Solutions Network.

Evergreen released the fifth episode of the podcast series, The Future Fix: Solutions for Communities Across Canada! The Future Fix is a collaboration between Evergreen and Spacing for the Community Solutions Network that explores how data and tech are transforming communities across Canada. Each episode delves into an idea or innovation that seeks to address a community challenge – from disaster mitigation to broadband access to public transportation in the suburbs.

In this episode, we face the perplexing coexistence of a lack food security and abundance of food waste in Canada. Many Canadians living without reliable access to food in their day to day lives, but despite that, much of the food we do have – 2.2 million tonnes of it -  goes to waste every year. Evidently, we need to change the way we produce food, and change the linear economy that leads to so much waste, and leaves many people without this basic necessity for life.

Barbara Swartzenruber, executive director of Guelph's Smart Cities Office, provides us with insight into "Our Food Future," a Smart City Challenge-winning proposal to create a circular food economy, reduce waste, and connect local people and businesses with the ingredients they need. Thomas Rohner in Iqaluit speaks with Steven Lonsdale of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association who explains how new technology has been integrated into traditional Inuk hunting practices, and helped the people there navigate the changing landscape caused by climate change.

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