Meet the Expert: Michelle Coyne

Michelle Coyne is a Best Food Facts expert from Canada. She is a former Research Fellow with the University of Toronto, Food Systems Lab, and an expert in social justice research and food waste.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.

Unlike many food researchers, despite my best efforts, I am a terrible gardener.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Read. Write. Cook. Enjoy time with my friends and family.

What are you currently working on?

Considerations regarding links between neoliberal individualization and a focus on consumer responsibility for food waste and how this link limits the solutions being suggested.

What are you passionate about related to your area of expertise?

Fundamentally, wasting food is shameful, yet so much of our food is winding up in landfills or compost piles. In all my years researching in the area, I have never met anyone who was ok with food waste, but very few who could honestly claim that they didn’t waste food.