Poem: “Finish Your Meal”


Canadians throw out

35 million tonnes of food

each year.


Much of it edible.


If only there were ways

to produce more wisely,

consume more responsibly,

redirect surplus.


It is evening, and

my cat stares at me.


Her bowl is half full,


she won’t touch it.


These salmon-and-chicken bites

– perfectly edible –

are leftovers from the morning.


She wants fresh.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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