Growing Season
A balance of optimism and preparation

From farmer to home gardener there is nothing more exciting than to see your corn taller than knee high on the 1st of July or to see those green tomatoes grow!

Like you, we are admiring the sprouting fields, pulling over every time we see a vegetable and fruit stand (masks on!) and scheming how to stop our furry neighbours from eating our gardens. This year, we also know the summer high that these simple pleasures bring is being coupled with a heightened sense of worry and concern about the results of this growing season across the country. 

In this newsletter, we are sharing stories that will make you pause to appreciate the growing seasons even more and important stories to keep you informed on what's happening in agriculture and food. 

P.S. make sure you scroll to the end to view an infographic recapping what happened in Canada's food supply chains during the pandemic, how different actors responded to the waves of change, and some optimistic outcomes. 

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 
Growing Stronger Project
Upcoming Event and Final Submission

In partnership with the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute we invite you to a live webinar on the Growing Stronger project. Featured speakers
Deb StarkJoseph LeBlancRory McAlpine, Julie Bissonnette, and Lenore Newman will explore where we succeeded, what we must fix, and how you can contribute to the project and help shape policy for Canada's food system in the future.

Growing Stronger Submissions Due July 27th, 2020
Interested in sharing evidence and your perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted you and/or your organization?

Join the Dialogue

Register for the Webinar
Summer in Canada 
A Collection of Some of Canada's Favourite Food and Foodies 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, cooking and eating at home more has become something we have all needed to do. The home cooking trends from sourdough bread to 'everything in the fridge' salads have been fun to watch and be a part.

To spark some creativity and new ideas in the kitchen,
a wonderful mix of Canada's chefs and foodies recently shared their favourite cook books including, Feast: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip and Rebar Modern Food Cookbook. 

If you attended the
Arrell Food Summit in 2019 one of the featured chefs may look familiar to you!

Chef and Activist
Joshna Maharaj was a speaker at the Summit and is a strong voice for improving everyone's access to healthy and sustainable food, especially those that are eating at institutions including hospitals, schools and retirement homes.

What We Are Watching 
The recording of our fifth webinar, COVID-19 + the Future of Agriculture Labour is available now!

Technology has become an integral part of agricultural production. Particularly in the growing season, as some farmers are using drones and digital software to monitor the health and growth of their plants and to detect early spread of diseases.

The panelists
Andrew Gadsden, Emily Duncan, and Debra Hauer and moderator Rene Van Acker explored the application of new technologies, their impact on efficiency and sustainability across agri-food supply chains, and why it is important to consider their social implications. 

Watch the COVID + Food Systems Webinar Series
What We Are Reading
Tech and thoughtful collaborations that can build resilience after COVID-19

In a recent article in the World Economic Forum Agenda, Lenore Newman and Evan Fraser layout key areas to consider enhancing now, and especially post-COVID-19 to create a just and sustainable food system. 

"With predictions that future pandemics could bring even starker consequences, strengthening the food system will be critical for the long term. Novel technologies, if thoughtfully deployed, could help ensure a more just, resilient system moving forward."

Read the Article

Expert Insight on COVID-19 Impacts
The intersection of climate change, food insecurity and systemic racism explained

We recently caught up with MSc. Rural Planning & Development student, Angela Asuncion to learn more about her work on strengthening socio-ecological systems in underrepresented communities, in Canada and across the world.

Please click the image above to learn more about Angela's research.
Something to Look Forward To
Mark your calendars for Food Day Canada - August 1st, 2020!

Did you know there is an entire website dedicated to Food Day Canada?
Its packed full of delicious recipes spotlighting Canadian ingredients, features of restaurants and producers, and all things Canadian Cuisine. 

Visit Food Day Canada 
Stay in the loop by following: #fooddaycanada

Food Systems and COVID-19 News and Resources
  • Concerns of Worsening Food Insecurity in Canada. Prof. Simon Somogyi applies his findings from food price forecasts to inform the conversation on rising food insecurity. Read the Article
  • Catching-Up with Fisheries. Prof. Phil Loring's research team connects with fisheries across North America to see how their situation is evolving over the Summer months. Listen to the Podcast
  • Questioning Canada's Global Leadership in Food and Farming. Prof. Evan Fraser suggests that Canada is not reaching its full potential as a global agri-food leader. Read the Article. 
Who We Are Following
Chef Vijay Nair, Executive Chef at the University of Guelph

We admire Chef Nair not only for his amazing culinary skills, but also for all the work he has done to
elevate the dining experience at Canada’s Food University.

Chef Nair sources lots of local and even on campus produce, collaborates on food waste initiatives, and has played an instrumental role in making U of G Canada's #1 ranked campus for food.
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