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Our Mission

Improving Global Food Systems

We bring people together to conduct research, train the next generation of food leaders and shape social, industrial and governmental decisions, always ensuring food is the central priority.

Read our 2019-2020 Annual Report
Read our 2019-2020 Annual Report

Our Themes

We are working to reduce food system impact on the environment by researching and promoting new ways to meet the needs of the growing human population without destroying the ecosystems on which we depend for life. As the digital agricultural revolution continues, we are working to discover new ways to protect the planet while providing even safer food than ever before. We also pay attention to the consequences that new technologies and approaches to farming bring, especially to jobs and communities.

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We are working to enhance community food security and food sovereignty in Canada and abroad. Food is never just fuel but plays an integral role in culture both as a source of unity and of conflict. At the same time, we live in a world of stunning inequalities where both the number of hungry and the number of obese people is rising. Therefore, we can see that food sits at the foundation of community, personal and planetary health. By exploring the links between food safety, sustainability, culture and security we are working with our partners to create the foundations of better nourished communities now and in the future.

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We are working to make global food networks more efficient, more transparent, and more sustainable. Canada is a country that both imports and exports large amounts of food and so we are working to identify pressure points that can be resolved by policy, markets or awareness. This will ensure that our global food networks continue to improve the way they offer safety, health, and affordability for all consumers.

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What We Do

Arrell Food Institute activities are shaped by needs within the food system and the resources the University of Guelph can provide to meeting those needs.

Our People

Meet The People Behind AFI

Arrell Food Institute’s activities are made possible by collaborations between staff, faculty, students and external supporters.

Arrell Governance
Arrell Governance
Our Experts
Our Experts