Controlled Environment Agriculture Center

Research, Instruction & Extension for Producing Crops
With Sustainability, Efficiency & Eco-Friendliness
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm


CEAC Seminar Series 11/20

“Food Waste, Major Problem, Potential Solutions!” 

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 4:15pm 

Patricia Sparks, PhD. & Victoria Ligon, MSc


-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. 

Our seminars are also available via webcast. To register, click the link below: After registering, you will receivea confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


CEAC Classroom, 1951 E. Roger Rd. Tucson, AZ