Canada’s Food University 
A place where research, outreach and teaching elevates our understanding of food and agriculture

As we soak up the last few weeks of summer we wanted to spotlight some of the insightful and impactful work that is coming out of Canada's Food University. Despite major disruptions, each student, researcher and department on campus brings their own ways of examining the intrinsic and fascinating ways food is produced, distributed and enjoyed. 

In this newsletter, we highlight the importance of improving internet access in rural Canada, recent discussions on how restaurants will further evolve during the coronavirus pandemic, and we are spotlighting Arrell Scholar, Nasrin Husseini whose research contributes to improving cattle health in increasingly volatile climates. 

Wishing you good health 

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 
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What We Are Reading
Food Focus: Discuss, Challenge, Learn

Mike von Massow, Professor and Ontario Agricultural College Chair in Food Systems Leadership at the FARE Department shares his insights on important trends and events in food and agriculture through digestible formats such as blogs, podcasts, and snapshot reports. 

In his most recent blog, von Massow explores the case for fair wages for those working in the food service industry. Many restaurants are facing new challenges and are adapting their approach to providing a dining experience that guests will come back for.

Is incorporating fairer wages into the price of food part of these changes? 

Read the Latest Blog

What We Are Watching
Ontario's Broadband Problem

Many of those living and working in rural and remote regions of Canada are all too familiar with the unstable internet warning on their conference calls, the waiting game for document downloads, and in many cases the hefty bills for limited service.

Professor Helen Hambly Odame from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development and Project Lead at the R2B2 Project was recently on The Agenda speaking to the issue of the rural urban divide on Broadband access.

Canada has set ambitious targets to ensure every Canadian has equal and adequate access to internet, but Hambly Odame suggests that there is still much work to be done in rural and remote regions. 

Complexity, A Critical Threshold Concept for Sustainability
Thinking about Sustainability through threshold concepts
Phil Loring, Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society and Associate Professor in the Geography, Environment and Geomatics Department explains in this video one of the threshold concepts that is critical to the sustainability worldview - complexity. Other threshold concepts include collaborative institutions, multiple ways of knowing, no panaceas, and adaptability. 

Exploring sustainability through these threshold concepts can help us understand and unlock different ways of knowing and achieving sustainable food systems.

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 Resources and News from the Virtual Campus of 
Canada's Food University
  • What can Canada learn from the countries already back at school. Prof. Greer offers her expert opinion on the return to school. Read the Article.
  • SHINE This Year. The Wellness Department facilitates peer-to-peer support to support students as they take care of their mental health. Learn More.
  • Ontario Veterinary College prepares at home surgical practice kits for students. Instructors at the University of Guelph continue to find new ways to ensure students gain a valuable learning experience this Fall. Watch the Video.
  • 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 
Nasrin Husseini, Masters Student and Arrell Scholar

 Before coming to Canada, Nasrin became the first woman to earn a doctorate of veterinary medicine after the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. At the University of Guelph she is evaluating and adapting the use of the University of Guelph’s High Immune Response (HIR™) technology to improve beef cattle health and productivity in the face of climate volatility.

Husseini is passionate about improving women's working conditions and fair wages in Afghanistan and is actively exploring ways to connect Afghan farmers to new economic opportunities.
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