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How will we feed the planet? Innovation in process. Innovation in product.  Innovation in people.

The first Arrell Food Summit took place May 22-24, 2018 in Guelph and Toronto. The Summit was an opportunity to celebrate innovation in agriculture and food through dynamic speakers and deserving laureates of the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards.

Danil Kerimi speaks at a podium.

Danil Kerimi of the World Economic Forum on the Need for Nimble Regulation to Foster Innovation

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.

A group watches a presentation in a classroom

Toward a National Food Policy

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.

An indigenous leader performs a smudging ceremony in a classroom, a woman participates

Knowledge Keepers: Examining Indigenous Food Sovereignty

In a departure from the academic tone of the summit, “Knowledge Keepers: Examining Indigenous Food Sovereignty,” began with a smudging ceremony.

Dr. Roberta Bondar Opens the Arrell Food Summit

Bondar speaks about the impact of climate change on agriculture as only someone who has left the confines of this planet can.

Galen Weston

Loblaw CEO Galen G. Weston’s Vision for the Future of Food in Canada

This story is part of our live coverage of the inaugural Arrell Food Summit (May 22 to 24). The summit gathers some of the world’s eminent thinkers to discuss the future of food and agriculture. Loblaw CEO Galen G. Weston, delivering a keynote speech on the final day of the Arrell Food Summit, promises the […]

Mental Health in Agriculture: The Dark Side of Farming

Andria Jones-Bitton works with farmers to train them in mental health literacy. “When we talk about using more technology to produce more food," she says, "we need to talk about the impact that has on the people producing food, their animals, families and financial bottom lines.”

Nico Roozen seated a table with other men, speaks into a microphone.

Solidaridad’s Nico Roozen Shares What He’s Learned in 30 Years of Fair Trade

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.”

Sheila Watt-Cloutier speaks to two women at a meeting.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier on the Vital Relationship between Food and Culture

“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.”

Thinking Outside the Bin: Challenging Food Waste Orthodoxies

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.

Jess Haines speaks to Dr. Charles Godfray, both seated on stage, at the Arrell Food Summit

Sir Charles Godfray on How to Start a Virtuous Cycle for Food Sustainability

Sir Charles Godfray, professor of population biology and the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, addresses the complex web of food insecurity.

Samuel Thevasagayam sits in a chair on stage at the Arrell Food Summit.

Samuel Thevasagayam on What Philanthropy Can and Can’t Do for Food

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.