Food Banks Canada estimates that almost 870,000 people turn to food banks every month, and that this number is on the rise. In the face of such statistics, it is easy to assume that the root cause is a food shortage. However the facts disagree: in fact, food waste is pervasive in most developed countries. In Toronto alone, almost 17.5 million kg of food goes to waste every month and the average American wastes 1400 calories per day. Worldwide, the numbers are even more shocking: almost half of the food produced is discarded somewhere along the processing, transportation and consumption chain. What a tragedy, when so may go hungry each year!