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Food Security: From Excess to Enough w. author Ralph Martin
Canadians are failing to balance reasonable food consumption with sufficient and sustainable production. A radical rethink is required: we need to move from excess to enough. On Tuesday, December 10th, Ralph C. Martin, professor of plant agriculture at the U of G, will be in eBar discussing his compelling new book! Doors at 6:30pm, start time 7:00pm. Tickets: $8 general, $6 bookshelf members & students. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
About the book from the publisher, Dundurn:
Canadians are failing to balance reasonable food consumption with sufficient and sustainable production. The modern agricultural system is producing more and more food. Too much food. The cost is enormous: excess nutrients are contaminating the air and water; soil is being depleted; species loss is plunging us toward the sixth extinction; and farmers, racking up debt, are increasingly vulnerable to economic and climatic shifts. At the same time, people are consuming too much food. Two-thirds of health-care costs in Canada can be attributed to chronic diseases associated with unhealthy eating. And then there is the waste - householders, food processors, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers collectively waste 40 percent of the food produced. A radical rethink is required. We need to move from excess to enough.
Ralph C. Martin is a professor of plant agriculture at the University of Guelph, where he also served as the Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production from 2011 to 2016. In 2001, he founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada. Ralph lives in Guelph, Ontario.