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Our Mission: Elevate Food to Improve Life

Food is intrinsic to human, economic, and planetary health; yet rarely comes first in conversations about how to meet today’s challenges. Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph exists to elevate food to improve life. 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.

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Land Acknowledgments

The University of Guelph is on the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and is part of the Land Between the Lakes Purchase (Treaty number 3). The Dish with One Spoon Covenant made between the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Mississaguas, is an agreement to share territory and protect these lands, now known as parts of Ontario, Quebec and New York State. The Covenant reminds us of our common connection to the land and to each other. Recognizing the contributions and importance of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples is an important part of our collective commitment to make the promise of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities.

Statement of Inclusion

A world where all communities have access to safe and healthful food is a world where the voices of all communities are uplifted. AFI is an equal opportunity employer and does not tolerate, ignore or condone any form of discrimination. We work to support people from communities that have been historically and structurally excluded, including BIPOC communities, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA2 and those with caring responsibilities. AFI strives to be inclusive in its events and projects so that diverse perspectives are presented, and a full range of individuals have equal opportunity to participate in discussions and conversations. AFI ensures that its resources recognize both non-traditional and traditional excellence. We welcome further feedback and dialogue.

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