Exploring How Food Systems Can Thrive Beyond Disruption
Connecting Leaders and Innovators to Create Change 

Happy World Food Day! Today we recognize the countless people that contribute to our food systems and build them up, and we also recognize the importance of engaging with them to explore how we can do better. We hope you join us at 4 pm (EST) today to hear #VoicesofFoodSystems. Keep scrolling for event details! 

In this newsletter we are sharing Arrell Food Summit details including our exciting speaker line-up, that features 
Agnes Kalibata and Deb Stark. We are also highlighting research from the University of Guelph on national school food programs, biodiversity, and home cooking. 

Wishing you good health.

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 
Learn More About the Growing Stronger Project
World Food Day 24hr Relay Event
Voices from Food Systems

Join a global discussion with celebrity chefs, indigenous peoples, youth climate activists, small farmer businesswomen, heads of state, and everyone in between, on how in the next 10 years we must transform our food systems.

We are delighted to share that Arrell Food Institute will be hosting an hour during this rely. At 4pm EST on October 16th, 2020 please join us as we explore whats next. Guests during this hour include Michael McCain (Maple Leaf), Chef Suzanne Barr (True True Diner), Mary Robinson (Canadian Federation of Agriculture) and Larry McDermott (Plenty Canada). 

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In a world of unbelievable disruption, driven by climate change, conflict and pandemics, the number of people set to experience acute food insecurity is likely to double. Standing at the forefront of the global effort to get food to the most marginal is the World Food Programme. Thank you for your work and congratulations on being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. 
What We are Reading
A National School Food Program 

University of Guelph researchers, Amberley Ruetz, Arrell Scholar and PhD Candidate and Professors Jess Haines, John Smithers, and Evan Fraser recently published an op-ed on the importance of including a national school food program within recovery plans. 

"A national school food program could re-employ thousands of chefs and food workers to support the hard-hit food services sector."

Keep Reading
Arrell Food Summit 
Reflect. Adapt. Thrive. 

2020 has been a year like no other. This year's Summit is designed to spark conversations around moving forward, building resilience and thriving following the events of this year. Agri-food leaders will reflect on 2020, explain how they have adapted to changing circumstances, and share how this year's pandemic and cultural shifts are an opportunity to thrive in the new year and beyond.  

You'll leave this digital experience with new ideas and a stronger network for the future.

Register Here
What We Are Listening To
How COVID-19 and comfort food have brought us back to community cookbooks

As we continue to rely on our own cooking skills for nourishment and a new hobby for some, it is not surprising that many of us are creating foods that provide comfort during the pandemic. Melissa McAfee, special collections librarian at the University of Guelph discusses the resurgence of the use of community cook books during the Pandemic with CBC Radio. 

Community cookbooks, traditionally compile recipes from families through school, church and community groups to make one book that has an assortment of often each family's favourite recipes.

McAfee suggests that they have likely recently grown in popularity because, "When you compare it to the commercial cookbooks of the day … I think that it's often more doable, and I think it just relates to more people than a commercial cookbook would."

6 history lessons for eating through COVID-19 pandemic

Research from Canada's Food University 
  • Frontiers in Food. Join us on October 28th at 12 pm (EST) at Canada’s Bio-Revolution Webinar Series, New Frontiers in Food Production: Growing Stronger with Cellular Agriculture. Register for the Event
  • A Second Wave of Panic Purchasing? Prof. Michael von Massow comments on recent incidents of empty shelves, suggesting that they are a result of consumers stocking up, not because of a lack of supply. Read the Article.  
  • Meaningful Stewardship. Prof. Philip Loring's book, Finding Our Niche is available for pre-order. Learn More.
  • Biodiversity's Role in Food Security. University of Guelph’s Arboretum will virtually host Dr. Chapotin on October 18th at 7pm (EST) to give a talk on the importance of arboreta work in conserving biodiversity and its its impact on food security. Register for the Event
  • Stay up-to-date on Arrell Food Institute Insights and News. On this page we highlight the current topics our experts are speaking to in the media. Visit the Site.
Who We Are Following 
Cheyenne Sundance, Founder and Farmer at Sundance Harvest

Sundance Harvest, a year-round urban farm in Toronto, ON that's rooted in food justice and eradicating systemic racism in the food system. Sundance Harvest grows a variety of produce and runs a free educational program called Growing in the Margins for low-income youth who are a part of a marginalized group (BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and youth with disabilities).

Cheyenne Sundance will be speaking at the Arrell Food Summit, November 18th - 20th, 2020

Stay Tuned for More #AFoodSummit Details

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