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Winners of the 2020 Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards
Innovative leaders in an increasingly complex food system.
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
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.
Six new scholars awarded Arrell Scholarships
The new scholars' expertise ranges across food science, biodiversity, and family health.
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?
6 history lessons for eating through COVID-19 pandemic
Guelph food historians share insights from disruptions during the last century.
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
Canada’s Food Price Report COVID-19 Update
Food prices expected to rise 4% in 2020, with vegetables and bakery leading the way.
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...
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.
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’.
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.
Celebrating Canadian Cuisine
The Canadian Plate Challenge took the task of highlighting and elevating Canadian ingredients to a whole new level.
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.
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.
New scholars join Arrell Food Institute
Five incoming students have each been awarded an Arrell Food Institute graduate scholarship worth $50,000 a year.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Four New Arrell Scholarships Awarded
Four students have each been awarded an Arrell Food Institute graduate scholarship worth $50,000 a year.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.