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.
Arrell Food Institute will recognize global leaders who are ensuring future food security for the planet, and hope to inspire new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Scientific excellence and community engagement are necessary to overcoming the challenges our world will face in feeding 9 billion people and beyond. Two prizes, of at least $100,000 each, will be awarded annually.
University, NGO and industry experts weigh in on a food policy for Canada.
Read reports produced by Arrell Food Institute and associated faculty.
Food from Thought
The University of Guelph has received $76.6 million investment from the federal government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund for Food from Thought, a extensive research program on food, agriculture and biodiversity.
Feeding 9 Billion
Feeding 9 Billion, a food security initiative based out of the University of Guelph, is committed to providing the general public insight, outreach and education around issues of food, agriculture and hunger. Feeding 9 Billion provides objective, evidence-based information in an accessible manner for everyone (both through various research initiatives, as well as drawing on and compiling others’). Feeding 9 Billion is committed to educating youth, who have the capacity to improve the food system of the future.
Feeding 9 Billion resources include videos, a graphic novel, lesson plans for elementary schools, books, and speaking engagements. The program includes a unique event called the Feeding 9 Billion Challenge, which supports Canadian undergraduate students to develop meaningful food security projects and to become agents of change during their time in university. Learn more at feeding9billion.com.
The Food Map is a catalogue of University of Guelph research representing about 2,500 completed and ongoing research projects related to food. To learn more please go to the Food Map page or visit the Food Map.
Guelph Food Academy
The University of Guelph, Department of Food Science, is launching the Guelph Food Academy (GFA), a new online interactive food safety training program. To learn more visit the Guelph Food Academy page.
University of Guelph Laboratory Services
University of Guelph Laboratory Services provide analytical and diagnostic services to the agriculture, food, environment and animal health industries with excellence and expertise through two operational units. Services include allergen testing, antibiotic and drug residues in food, dairy analysis, food safety testing, and pesticide residue testing. To learn more visit the Laboratory Services page.
The Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy
The Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy is housed within the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics, OAC, University of Guelph. The mission of the institute is to provide independent, credible, and timely policy analysis with respect to socially significant food and agricultural issues. To learn more visit the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy website.
Safe Food Forum
The Safe Food Forum is a partnership between the Retail Council of Canada, University of Guelph, and McGill University. It will help food retailers keep informed about evolving food safety challenges and continuously improve food safety management strategies to ensure safe food for all Canadians. To learn more, read the Safe Food Forum news release.
Descriptive transcripts for Food Institute videos can be found here.