Food Waste

The Guelph Food Waste Research Project, co-led by Dr. Kate Parizeau and Dr. Mike von Massow, investigates food waste across the value chain in Canada. Current research initiatives include studies of food waste at the household scale in Canada, case studies of food waste in different sectors of the food system, and the relationship between food waste and food security.

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In 2016, we hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop (Ontario Food Waste Project) to identify food waste research priorities. Learn more here:



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Selected Publications

Carroll, N., Wallace, A., Jewell, K., Darlington, G., Ma, D., A. Duncan, K. Parizeau, M. von Massow, J. Haines. (2020).  Association between diet quality and food waste in Canadian families: a cross-sectional study.   Nutrition Journal, 19 (54). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12937-020-00571-7

Rondeau, S., Stricker, S., Kozachenko, C., & Parizeau, K. (2020).  Understanding motivations for volunteering in food security and food upcycling projects.   Social Sciences, 9 (3), 27. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9030027

Kinach, L., Parizeau, K., & Fraser, E. (2020).  Do Food Donation Tax Credits for Farmers Address Food Loss / Waste and Food Insecurity? A case study from Ontario.   Agriculture and Human Values, 37, 383–396. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-019-09995-2

Hodgins, K., & Parizeau, K. (2020).  Farm-to-fork… and beyond? A call to incorporate food waste into food systems research.   Food and Foodways, 28 (1), 43-60. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07409710.2020.1718280

Van Bemmel, A., & Parizeau, K. (2020).  Is it food or is it waste? The materiality and relational agency of food waste across the value chain.   Journal of Cultural Economy, 13 (2), 207-220. https://doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2019.1684339

Millar, S., Parizeau, K., & Fraser, Evan D.G. (2020).  The limitations of using wasted food to feed hungry people.   Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutritionhttps://doi.org/10.1080/19320248.2020.1730292

von Massow, M., Parizeau, K., Gallant, M., Wickson, M., Haines, J., David W.L. Ma, Angela Wallace, Nicholas Carroll, Alison Duncan (2019).  Valuing the multiple impacts of household food waste.   Frontiers in Nutrition, 6, 17. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnut.2019.00143

DeLorenzo, A., Parizeau, K., & von Massow, M. (2019) Regulating Ontario’s Circular Economy Through Food Waste Legislation. Society and Business Review.

Fraser, C. & Parizeau, K. (2018). Waste management as foodwork: A feminist food studies approach to household food waste. Canadian Food Studies, 5 (1), 39-62.

Parizeau, K., von Massow, M., & Martin, R. (2015). Household-level dynamics of food waste production and related beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours in a municipality in Southwestern Ontario. Waste Management, 35, 207-217.