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Winners of the 2020 Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards

Innovative leaders in an increasingly complex food system.

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Canada is falling behind when it could be an agri-superpower

If we are all to live on this hot and crowded planet, our food and farming systems need to protect biodiversity and be carbon neutral, writes our director Evan Fraser

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Community Partnership Projects 2019-2020

Each year Arrell Scholars and their HQP peers are paired with an organization or business to build new skills through experiential learning.

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100 days of coronavirus has sent shock waves through the food system

Serious concerns have been raised about the resilience of the processes we depend upon for our daily bread.

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Six new scholars awarded Arrell Scholarships

The new scholars' expertise ranges across food science, biodiversity, and family health.

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Lessons for the Food System: Experts reflect on the pandemic’s impact

Four University of Guelph experts weighed in on how the Canadian food system has been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons actors in the food system can take away from these experiences.

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Ag labour is skilled labour

Is it possible to connect unemployed Canadian workers with farms who desperately need labour? Or are there other things we need to be working on and thinking of as well?

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6 history lessons for eating through COVID-19 pandemic

Guelph food historians share insights from disruptions during the last century.

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COVID-19: The perils of a ‘just enough, just in time’ food system

We live in an age when global supply chains seamlessly link farmers & consumers using the principles of “just enough, just in time.” But with this abundance comes a hidden cost: a loss of resilience.

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10 things you need to know about the global food system

There is enough food for everyone on the planet to lead a healthy and nutritious life, but the global food supply is deeply inequitable

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Canada’s Food Price Report COVID-19 Update

Food prices expected to rise 4% in 2020, with vegetables and bakery leading the way.

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Upcycling for a Food Secure Community

Meaningful work and skill development bring volunteers to food security work.

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Robustness of Canada’s Food Supply Chain

Arrell Chair in Food Business, Simon Somogyi reflected on the disruption that viruses can cause in Canada's supply chain. Here is what he wrote...

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Time for Action: Critical next steps to create a National School Food Program

The need for a federal school food program is clear; in 2017, UNICEF ranked Canada as 37th out of the 41 wealthiest nations for access to healthy food.

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Climate change to reveal more global farmland at steep environmental cost

The research team modelled prospects for growing major food crops in potential new farmland that may come available as climate change alters growing seasons worldwide.

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A Canadian Conversation on Global Diets

Diets that are intentionally curated for healthy people and planet are being referred to around the world as ‘global diets’.

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Winners of the 2019 Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards

An organization that reduces hunger in South Africa and a plant scientist are the recipients for 2019.

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Growing Cuisine

Farmers play an important role in Canadian cuisine, bringing those many, diverse ingredients to our kitchens.

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Celebrating Canadian Cuisine

The Canadian Plate Challenge took the task of highlighting and elevating Canadian ingredients to a whole new level.

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Made in Canada

The Senate's report includes eight recommendations to develop Canada’s value-added food sector as a global leader in food innovation, transparency and sustainability.

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Research Update: Future Food Systems

Investigating the socio-economic impacts and sustainability of future food product systems is the overarching theme of the three SSHRC grants awarded to Arrell Food Institute researchers this year.

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Canada’s new food policy means everyone’s at the table

The food policy aims to bolster the economic impact of the agri-food sector while tackling issues like waste and childhood hunger.

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New scholars join Arrell Food Institute

Five incoming students have each been awarded an Arrell Food Institute graduate scholarship worth $50,000 a year.

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Food policy governance: A letter to the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau

A letter on behalf of the National Food Policy Governance Working Group to draw attention to their joint proposal to create a new advisory body: the National Food Policy Council.

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Short-term opportunity for jobs creation and economic growth possible through National School Food Program

School food programs have an impressive return on investment and have the potential to boost the Canadian agricultural economy.

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How the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets

Remarks by Dr. Simon Somogyi to Canada’s Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on the potential of Canadian value-added products.

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New food guide will save Canadians money but few are following it, study finds

The good news is the new Canada’s Food Guide will save a family of four $475 annually on grocery bills, according to a new University of Guelph study.

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Farming on First Nations: Reconciling business with social enterprise to achieve food security

Join the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 for a panel discussion on the topic of "Farming on First Nations: Reconciling Business with Social Enterprise to Achieve Food Security".

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Providing Canadian context to global diet recommendations

With the recent release of the EAT-Lancet Commission and Canada Food Guide, Arrell Food Institute is bringing together national agriculture and food experts on March 7 to discuss what these recent dietary recommendations mean for Canadians.

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Weed or Feed? A Canadian food security issue

The impact that the legalization of cannabis is having on our food system should be troubling to us all.

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Trusted, safe and sustainable

Remarks made by Dr. Evan Fraser to the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry regarding the potential for value added in the food sector.

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It’s Time to Celebrate Canadian Cuisine

Try these recipes shared by University of Guelph's chefs to celebrate Food Day Canada on August 4, 2018.

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New science-based cookbook makes snacking healthier for families

Providing nutritious, easy and delicious snacking ideas for families is the Guelph Family Health Study's  intent with the release of their newest cookbook Snack Healthy, Snack Happy.

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Four New Arrell Scholarships Awarded

Four students have each been awarded an Arrell Food Institute graduate scholarship worth $50,000 a year.

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Three Arrell Chairs Appointed

Drs. Maria Corradini, Philip Loring, and Simon Somogyi will join the University of Guelph as Arrell Food Chairs beginning this summer.

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Summit Concludes with Gala Celebrating the First-Ever Global Food Innovation Awards

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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 […]

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Dr. Samuel Myers on Managing Disruption in the Age of Great Acceleration

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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Arrell Food Summit takes an ambitious approach to feeding the world’s population

On Tuesday, May 22, more than 450 leaders from academia, the food industry, government, NGOs and philanthropy will convene at the University of Guelph for the inaugural Arrell Food Summit.

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Summit Menu Highlights Guelph Ingredients and Archival Recipes

The meals served at the Arrell Food Summit will focus on locally sourced ingredients, including fresh vegetables directly from campus greenhouses.

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Thinking outside the green bin

While waste diversion is an important initiative, it is no longer enough to focus on end-of-pipe solutions. We must ask why so much food is wasted in the first place.

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Winners of the 2018 Arrell Global Food Innovation Award Announced

The inaugural winners of the science and community awards represent innovative thinking required to meet global challanges.

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Ask not what your soil can do for you, ask what you can do for your soil

On May 23rd, the Arrell Food Summit will feature a discussion on soil loss, soil conservation and soil ecosystem services.

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Disruptors: Students Prepare to Face a New Future

Students joined a discussion with RBC on how digital disruption is changing the skills we’ll need for the future of work.

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In Conversation: Bringing to Light Economic Outcomes of Food Policy

Dr. Alan Ker tells us what he hopes policy makers will take away from a special issue of FAREShare that focuses on Canada's Food Policy.

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Stimulating Innovation, Sustainable Food and Gender Empowerment

The federal budget contains two seemingly unrelated themes that will position the Canada’s agri-food sector to boost economic growth.

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The potential of agroforestry to answer climate concerns

The impact of agroforestry on climate change mitigation and adaptation in Canadian agricultural systems has not yet been fully realized.

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In Pursuit of Food Self-Determination

The inaugural First Nations Agri-food Initiatives Workshop is being held at University of Guelph on November 21 & 22.

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Eradicating Animal Disease in the Face of Conflict

Goats are a vital commodity in impoverished countries but a devastating viral disease is targeting the goat and sheep populations.

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Adapting agriculture to a changing environment

Remarks delivered by Dr. Evan Fraser to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry regarding the potential impacts of climate change.