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     Scrolling through social media these days can make it seem like everyone is at home learning new recipes and baking bread from scratch with their families. What it fails to show is the effect of the pandemic on those that are or may become food insecure, those that do not have a good relationship with food, and those that do not know where to start. With our current schedules and habits in disarray, it can be hard to maintain a consistent and balanced diet. Whether reduced income or lack of income is making it hard to purchase healthy food, fear of going out to the grocery store is looming, or anxiety eating is creeping in, you can be sure of one thing, you are not alone.

 

     Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is extremely important but not always possible, especially while following physical distancing recommendations. Reach out to those who can not only help with accessing nutritious food options, but also those that can contribute to a positive food environment for you. Many dieticians and councillors can work virtually with you, your skills and what you have available to help you through this uncertain time. Listening to your body's natural cues and looking for supports that can help you develop healthy eating habits is an important way to practice self-care and improve your relationship with food right now.

 

Local resources have been provided below for those in need of food or support:

 

Food Delivery Services: https://guelphcoronavirus.ca/order-food/

 

University Wellness: https://wellness.uoguelph.ca/services/health-services/all-health-services/dietitian-services

 

Counselling Services (online): https://wellness.uoguelph.ca/counselling/

 

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If you are interested in a fun way to learn about food security, or just a way to connect with those around you this weekend, the Feeding 9 Billion Card Game is now availble in a Print and Play version!

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     With the widespread continuation of social distancing recommendations, we realize that it is difficult for classrooms to share resources among students. That's why we've been working toward making our learning tools available online, starting with our graphic novel, #foodcrisis.

 

     This depiction of a world that has experienced a major drought explores the politics, science, and ethical questions that surround an international event of this magnitude. The story is based on historical events that have caused disruptions to our food systems, like the Dust Bowl and the Great Irish Potato Famine, and is supported by 13 background essays on the research that went into writing the novel. At the same time unsettling and somewhat reassuring, the plot draws connections to current events while championing the resiliency of the human spirit that has helped us push through in challenging times. What lessons can be learned from food crises of the past, and what can we learn from our situation now?

 

Download a pdf copy of #foodcrisis

 

Coming Soon

 

     We are working to make even more of our resources available online in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for a printable version of our card game, as well as two new podcast series! If you would like to be notified when new resources are released, we welcome you to join our mailing list below:

 

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The Feeding 9 Billion Card Game, winner of the 2019 Gold Medal Serious Play award, was recently featured on CTV News! Watch the story below to see how the game, designed to get students excited about agriculture, is being used in high school classrooms.

 

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LOS ANGELES – August 20, 2019 – Seven Board Games designed for use in education have been cited for excellence in the 2019 Serious Play Award Competition.

 


Gold Medals were awarded to:

  • Complexity, a game that offers a window into the fascinating machinery of life. With mnemonics and solid game play, students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of human anatomy and health. Created by TechnoNature.
  • Feeding 9 Billion: The Card Game, for high school teachers to use to introduce students to basic concepts around food security, agriculture, nutrition and climate change. Developed by Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph and artist Christine De Vuono.

Silver Medal status went to:

  • Roots of Power, a game to help clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts. Developed by Seriously Entertaining Education.

Bronze Medal recognition went to:

  • Alembic, a game where players will learn chemical properties of common metals, all in the form of experimental chemistry. Created by Catlilli Games.
  • Critical Strengths Engine, a game set that includes four pre-written stories designed to support teens as they explore social and emotional skills such as cooperation and empathy. This engine can also be paired with a diverse range of stories and campaigns. Developed by iThrive Games Foundation.
  • Miner Madness: Dig into code theory, a game to help students develop critical thinking skills, logic and systematic cognition while learning code theory. Created by the EPIC Project @ KCAD.
  • +PLUSOUT!!: Battle Points a strategy game designed to help students improve their mental math skills, as well as their abilities to add to, take from, combine and compare numbers. The game can be customized to share across multiple grade levels. Created by Brandon Bell.

Winners are given a chance to attend Serious Play Conference Events and display their games. The locations for the 2020 conferences will be announced in November 2019.


For more information, go to www.seriousplayconf.com.
 

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At Feeding 9 Billion, we study the future of food, including topics such as the digital agricultural revolution, the effects of climate change on agriculture, and sustainable food packaging solutions. We believe that these issues are relevant to everyone, and that education is key to creating global food systems that can feed 9 billion people by 2050. 

 

One of our passion projects is creating accessible and engaging learning tools that will get people excited to learn about food security, and thinking critically about solutions. This website shares the results of that work. Take a look around, or check them out below!

 

Stacks of cards from the Feeding 9 Billion card game laid out on a table  

Do you have what it takes to lead a country through rising food prices, inequality and climate change, and still feed all your people? Experience these (and other) challenges firsthand with Feeding 9 Billion: The Card Game!

 

  Card Game   

An illustration from the foodcrisis graphic novel of people rioting over low food  

What would happen if a massive drought hit North America today? Explore the far-reaching effects in our graphic novel, #foodcrisis, which reimagines past food crises in the modern world.

 

Graphic Novel

An illustration from the videos showing the imbalance of obesity and hunger in the world.  

Did you know that the world produces almost 2800 calories per person per day? If there is more than enough food to feed everyone, why do some go hungry? Learn more about the complex issue of global food security and its solutions with our informative series of illustrated videos!

 

      Videos      

 

We're always working on new materials, so keep checking back for more!

 

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