Covering Environments--The CEAC Monthly Seminars

US (AZ): “Food waste, major problem, potential solutions!”

Patricia Sparks, PhD. Nutritional Sciences Department, CALS, UofA
Pat Sparks earned her PhD at the University of Arizona. Her research addresses food wastage and hunger issues nationally and locally through her work in organizations such as Produce on Wheels WithOut Waste and Market on the Move. These initiatives distribute fresh produce, from distributors in Nogales AZ, to needy local residents.

Victoria Ligon, MSc. School of Family & Consumer Sciences, CALS, UofA
Victoria Ligon believes that "People need to consider shopping more and buying less." (, in order to reduce the serious problem of food wastage in this country. Ligon has been studying the impacts of shopping patterns on discard behavior and will discuss findings from a recent study in this tandem CEAC seminar. Victoria Ligon earned her MSc degree at the University of Arizona. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Arizona. Her research encompasses food consumption, food waste and food resource management.

Much of the world population lives in developing countries where access to food is painfully limited. It is estimated ( that 795 million people do not have enough food to sustain a healthy life; moreover, hunger kills more people than Aids, Malaria and TB combined ( In the United States more than 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, live in food insecure households where availability of the next meal is uncertain. Against this background, it is shocking that fully 40% of food, purchased by American consumers, ends up in landfills. How to change these attitudes, habits and policies will be discussed at this seminar.

An informal networking and get acquainted session will start about 4pm. Plentiful Parking. Light refreshments will be served.

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