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A Bite's Archives Arrell Food Institute's Newsletter

With these letters, we hope to stay better connected to you by sharing event invitations, research updates, and scholar and partner spotlights.

In each letter, we share what our team sees as important and upcoming issues around food and agriculture through articles and social media accounts we’re following.

Looking forward to keeping in touch,

Evan Fraser, Director, Arrell Food Institute


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Anita Stewart with Alice Raine

November 13th, 2020

This month we said a sad farewell to our friend and mentor, Anita Stewart who was the energy and vision behind Food Day Canada. Food Day Canada not only gives us another reason to celebrate Canadian food, it also plays a crucial role in reminding us about the diversity of actors in Canada's food system that are moving us in the right direction as we continue to produce and curate safe, sustainable and trusted food.

Chef Suzanne Barr joined the Voices of the Food System livestream to share about her culinary jounery and a delicious recipe

October 16th, 2020

In this newsletter we are sharing Arrell Food Summit details including our exciting speaker line-up, that features Agnes Kalibata and Deb Stark. We are also highlighting research from the University of Guelph on national school food programs, biodiversity, and home cooking.

A man stands in a pasture while it rains looking at beef cattle.

September 30th, 2020

n this newsletter we are celebrating the progress Canada has made in realizing its target of being a source of sustainable, safe and trusted foods, the evolving application of the One Health approach, and the steps the University has taken to develop an anti-racism action plan.

Evan Fraser speaks to students

September 10th, 2020

In this newsletter, we are highlighting the different ways that researchers at the University of Guelph are communicating their research from drawn visuals of key findings from student and community partner projects, to infographics on bioplastics, to participating in public panel discussions. We hope you enjoy these diverse ways of learning about research as much as we do!

Nasrin, Arrell Food Institute Scholarship winner, sits with a beef calf

August 20th, 2020

In this newsletter, we highlight the importance of improving internet access in rural Canada, recent discussions on how restaurants will further evolve during the coronavirus pandemic, and we are spotlighting Arrell Scholar, Nasrin Husseini whose research contributes to improving cattle health in increasingly volatile climates.

A man flies a drone over a corn field

July 30th, 2020

In this newsletter, we are excited to give you an update on the Arrell Food Summit, share with you the release of our latests Spotlight Project on Consumer Behaviour, and highlight some of the exciting new approaches to teaching that will curate an interactive learning experience in Fall 2020.

July 9th, 2020

In this newsletter, we are sharing stories that will make you pause to appreciate the growing seasons even more and important stories to keep you informed on what's happening in agriculture and food.

Collage of Arrell scholars headshots

June 16th, 2020

In this newsletter, we discuss COVID-19's impact on global food security, highlight collaborations that seek to mitigate both food waste and food insecurity, and reveal our newest cohort of scholars who will apply their research to enhance and grow our agri-food systems.

May 28th, 2020

In this newsletter, we highlight research and expert perspectives that bring insight to the challenges and disruptions of planting season. We are also sharing further details about our project, Growing Stronger. This project is in partnership with the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and it aims to create a space for dialogue and action to build a more resilient food system.


May 4th, 2020

In this newsletter we share what we have been reading, watching, and following to learn more about how a One Health approach can help us understand our current crisis, while also enabling us to plan and be prepared for future threats to ours and planetary health.

5 red apples lined up on a white surface

April 8th, 2020

In this letter we are highlighting topics, including food security, community resilience, shifts in our supply chain, and youth nutrition. In some cases we have also lent our own voices to these topics, with insights based on research that in some cases ease concerns, and in others provide suggestions on potential next steps.

Close-up of COVID-19 virus

March 19th, 2020

There is a lot going on in the world right now. It can be overwhelming, stressful, and in some cases provoke panic. But, it can also be a pivotal time for communities to come together digitally and for us to reflect on how we operate to achieve our mission. While we may be facing many distractions and challenges in our new work environments, this time has motivated us to examine what we can do differently in our day-to-day operations and still contribute to elevating food to improve life.

A field of red-leaf blueberries in fall

February 26th, 2020

University of Guelph researchers are tackling tough questions that agri-food sectors and consumers are facing, including what the trade-offs of new agricultural frontiers are and whether or not it's safe for you to drink that milk past the best before date in your fridge.

A Canadian flag flies in front of a planted field.

February 7th, 2020

Is Canada a global leader in safe, sustainable and trusted food? This question was the theme of the Arrell Food Summit, and we have been asking ourselves and our colleagues this question a lot lately.

January 20th, 2020

Arrell Food Institute recognizes global leaders who are ensuring future food security for the planet, and hopes to inspire new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Scientific excellence and community engagement are necessary to overcome the challenges our world will face in feeding 9 billion people and beyond.

Abdul-Rahim Abdulai, Victoria Lesy, Matt Orton, Nicole Unterlander, and Abigail Van Reisen

December 13th, 2019

The future of food and farming has arrived. We are at a critical point in time: needing to produce more food than ever, while our current food systems are having severe impacts on land, water and biodiversity. Looking to the next decade we are equipped with knowledge and tools that can revolutionize our food systems to ensure they are safe, sustainable and trusted by all. Now its a matter of working together to turn our know-how into action.

November 27th, 2019

In Canada, approximately 58% of food is lost or wasted. This astronomical figure includes the food left on our plates, wasted in our fridges, rotted on fields, and lost through processing and distribution. In this letter we explore the topic of waste through a variety of lenses.

November 14th, 2019

The University of Guelph's presence at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this year showcased the innovation and discoveries that are advancing Canada's place as a leader in safe, healthy and sustainable food. This newsletter, A Bite, is bringing a few highlights from this event to your inbox.

October 18th, 2019

Researchers at the University of Guelph are exploring how we can achieve a more sustainable, safe and trusted food system for #ZeroHunger. Check out a few of them in this newsletter that we highlighted for World Food Day.

Square pattern and paint with text that reads "2019 Winners; Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards"

October 8th, 2019

In this newsletter we featured the global leaders recognized through the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards for their work in ensuring future food security for the planet and inspiring new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Scientific excellence and community engagement are necessary to overcome the challenges our world will face in feeding 9 billion people and beyond.

Row in a wheat field

October 2nd, 2019

We are delighted to share with you the launch of our newsletter, A Bite. Check out the first newsletter here!

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