The inaugural ceremony celebrates organizations and individuals who’ve made a difference in the global food security, awarding two $100,000 cash prizes honouring excellence in community engagement and scientific research.
“The arctic is the early warning,” says Shelia Watt-Cloutier, Inuit activist, to a hushed crowd at the Arrell Food Summit. “Early for you but late for us.”
Closing out the inaugural Arrell Food Summit on a hopeful note, Samuel Thevasagayam tells the crowd about how he sees the role of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in farming.
Ethical purchasing is still a niche concept, says Roozen, comprising no more than 3 to 5 percent of any market. “But when we started 30 years ago, we started at zero percent.”
Canada wastes about $31 billion worth of food a year. Half of that is in the home. Recently, after decades of shoulder-shrugging, solving this problem has become a topic of public discussion.
The Harvard academic says we are in the age of a great acceleration, as everything we produce and consume is ramped up at an ever-increasing, exponential pace.
If the “Food Policy for Canada” session had a theme, it was “waiting.” For the last 18 months, Canada’s federal government has been consulting with stakeholders, industry, civil society and academics on a widespread policy that would cover a host of food issues.
When it comes to regulation, big thinkers tend to side with one of two proverbs: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. Danil Kerimi is the omelet-eating kind.