Agri-Food Innovation: A Driving Force in the COVID-19 Recovering  
An engine for economic opportunity that can put us firmly onto a path of sustainable recovery

Innovation in agri-food extends far beyond the use of robots and drones used to advance the efficiency, safety and quality of our food. Innovation can also be spotted in the ways we develop new strategies to shape the future of food. In response to COVID-19, we are seeing innovative thinking as instructors evolve their teaching approaches to ensure the next generation is ready for the unseen challenges they may face, and as researchers think about the application of their findings to contribute to food systems that are guided by equity and food security principles.

In this newsletter, we are excited to give you an update on the Arrell Food Summit, share with you the release of our latests Spotlight Project on Consumer Behaviour, and highlight some of the exciting new approaches to teaching that will curate an interactive learning experience in Fall 2020. 

This weekend, we will be celebrating Food Day Canada! If you would like to join in on the fun follow #FoodDayCanada on Instragram and Twitter and share your favourite Canadian foods.

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 
Arrell Food Summit goes virtual
We are planning something big, something that will tap into agri-food thought leadership, allow you to collectively imagine the future of food, and keep you engaged from afar.

Stay tuned as we release more details about the virtual
Arrell Food Summit coming to you in Fall 2020
Growing Stronger Project Webinar
Unpacking the impacts COVID-19 has had on agri-food and key lessons learned

In partnership with the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute we hosted our first webinar on the Growing Stronger project. Featured speakers: 
Deb StarkJoseph LeBlancRory McAlpine, Julie Bissonnette, and Lenore Newman 

When asked if we are ready for a second wave of COVID-19 cases, panelist Rory McAlpine highlights "that in Canada we [Maple Leaf Foods] are well prepared, but the challenge lies in managing complacency and we are all experiencing this in our personal life. After a certain point, it becomes hard to stay reminded about the invisible enemy."

The Growing Stronger Project
Participate Here
What We Are Reading
Spotlight: Consumer Behaviour

Many Canadian consumers are interested in healthy eating and nutrition, but there are real economic and environmental barriers to following the food guide including cost, accessibility of healthy foods, and busy work schedules.

An interdisciplinary group of academic experts at the University of Guelph used an evidence-based lens to examine the gaps in Canadians’ understanding of healthy eating and factors that may influence their ability to follow healthy eating recommendations.

Read the Spotlight
What We Are Hearing 
AgTech...So What?

Arrell Food Institute's Director, Evan Fraser was a guest on the podcast, 'AgTech...So What?', where he discussed barriers to tech adoption including, data interoperability, data governance, and cybersecurity. Fraser outlined how these barriers are effecting farmers and he elaborated on the types of innovative and collaborative solutions needed to overcome these barriers. 

Listen to the Podcast

New Tools and Approaches to Enhance Learning in the New Normal 

University of Guelph course instructors have had to think outside the box on how to deliver their Fall Semester courses remotely. And we have been wowed by what they have come up with so far, to say the least. Below are just a few of the examples of the innovative ways students will be engaging with course material this Fall. 

Contextualizing COVID-19: Plight, Pandemics, and Policy in History
Course Code: HIST2170

A new course offered to students this Fall will examine COVID-19 through a history lens by connecting experiences and lessons learned from medieval and early modern plagues, the 1918 and other pandemics. Students will also explore the history of vaccination and public health, the rise of hospitals, as well as tourism and sports in times of disruption. Students will be trained in the creation of historical and digital archives and will embark on their own creation of a COVID-19 digital archive, using media, photographs, diaries, and other sources.  

Course Code: UNIV1200

This year the students enrolled in the ICON course will take on a new challenge and partner with the Oak Tree Project to develop solutions to support COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts with local charities in Wellington/Guelph. Students from all years and programs will be brought together to solve real-world problems of local pandemic recovery.

 Food Chemistry

Course Code: FOOD3030

Students will be using common tools such as thermometer, a jewelry scale, a stove and a smartphone to create a 'home lab' where they will continue to have a hands-on learning experience to gain a deeper
understanding of the fundamental properties of foods.
Become a University of Guelph Policy Fellow
Influencing decisions about issues related to agriculture, food and biodiversity

The University of Guelph Policy Fellowship program is a unique experience that aims to help bridge the gap between science and policy in Canadian agriculture, agri-food and biodiversity. 

Apply Here!
Innovation in Agri-Food News and Resources
  • Finding New Ways to Share Student Experiences. OAC's Communications Intern has started a new blog that explores student life at the University of Guelph. Read the Blog. 
  • Sensing Food Quality. Prof. Maria Corradini weighs in on the application of sensors to detect when food is going to spoil. Read the Article
  • Food Day Canada Highlights Culinary Innovation and Tradition. Check out Food Day Canada's amazing resources and blogs that showcase progress in Canadian cuisine. Visit the Website
  • Stay Connected to the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance. The Alliance is a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph and they have a new newsletter highlighting research advances and opportunities. Subscribe Here
Who We Are Following 
Sujani Rathnayake, PhD Student and Arrell Scholar

Sujani Rathnayake's research is focused on food fraud authenticity and she recently worked with The SEED, a food security organization, to explore the potential of prescribing fresh foods with her team through the UNIV6050 course

Please click the image above, where Sujani shares her research on preventing against food fraud in a post-pandemic world. 

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