New video released: Building a Research Agenda for Food Waste in Ontario

Last month, the Guelph Food Waste Research Group convened a never-before-done workshop to address food waste in Ontario.

It brought together stakeholders representing all points along the food value chain, who were given the opportunity to discuss problems and solutions together. An static image of the video at its host site, youtube.   Continue reading New video released: Building a Research Agenda for Food Waste in Ontario

The Next 50 Years: Dr. Fraser on IDEAS

The guest speakers sit on stage at the ideas @ 50 event

Dr. Evan Fraser was a special guest on the CBC IDEAS stage for the fiftieth anniversary event in October 2015.

This special event was, as described by IDEAS: “to address the prevailing sense that the human species may be facing “the end”. Environmental collapse. Global financial meltdown. Interethnic bloodshed. Not to mention the possibility of a sixth massive extinction. Will there be enough food? Will we all be crammed into dystopian megacities? How will we escape our long history of bloody conflict? Three panelists join host Paul Kennedy to argue – cautiously – how humanity may not only survive, but actually thrive.”

Watch the event here, or read the transcript of Evan’s opening address below:

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Supporting Food-Systems Changemakers

You may have heard about our “Feeding 9 Billion Challenge” that engaged university students across Canada last October.

Wondering what those students have been busy with since their participation in the Challenge?

Take a peek into one participant’s story here!  http://myicon2016.blogspot.ca/  

Logo of student's blog, titled "My ICON 2016"

Hungry in a Hot, Crowded World

Feeding 9 Billion features on The Agenda, talking with Steve Paikin

Evan Fraser, professor of geography at the University of Guelph, sees a future where climate change and population growth could cause hunger and conflict around the world. However, he thinks there are concrete ways to promote global food security. Fraser explains to The Agenda what Canada can do to help mitigate famine and war.

Watch the clip here (20 minutes)

Logo for "The Agenda"

Feeding 9 Billion Challenge Weekend in Review

Students working together in a mixed team

Author: Maggie McCormick, from our partner organization, the Food Institute of the University of Guelph 

It is no small request to ask university students to devote two days, in the midst of mid-term season, to design solutions to campus food security issues but students from across the country were willing to take on the challenge.

Student working at the Feeding 9 Billion Challenge

The Feeding 9 Billion Challenge, a student competition held in the wake of World Food Day, gathered 7 teams of students in the University of Guelph’s Summerlee Science Complex on October 17 and 18 to design real solutions addressing campus food problems.

“Spending countless hours surrounded by so many innovative, like-minded students who were driven to create change and minimize food waste in our community was such a fulfilling journey,” shared Monique Chan, a nutrition and international development student, following the Challenge.
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