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Towards Sustainable Food Systems for Canada

Bare grocery store shelves, labour shortages, supply chain disruptions: in March 2020, the first COVID-19 lockdown exposed long-standing vulnerabilities in Canada’s food system.

Unpredictable weather, rampant food price inflation, and global political instability generate further instability and insecurity. Entrenched systemic inequities continue to make healthy food less accessible to low-income, racialized, and Indigenous communities.

Canada urgently requires interdisciplinary collaboration and leadership to develop innovative technologies and practices to protect our food systems.

Key Issues Disrupting Global Food Systems

  • Global Pandemic
  • Labour Shortage
  • Climate Change
  • Geo-politics

Now is the time to invest in the tools and technologies to ensure our food systems are resilient and that Canada’s agri-food sector can continue to lead and grow despite 21st century disruptions.

Can new agri-food technologies and practices be used in economically, ethically, socially, and culturally sensitive ways to reduce vulnerabilities in Canada’s food system?

To answer this question, the University of Guelph is working with researchers, policymakers, community representatives, and industry leaders to explore four key scientific missions towards Sustainable Food Systems for Canada.

Key Issues for Sustainable Food Systems for Canada