Hot Topics in Agri-Food

University of Guelph researchers are tackling tough questions that agri-food sectors and consumers are facing, including what the trade-offs of new agricultural frontiers are and whether or not it's safe for you to drink that milk past the best before date in your fridge. 

A Bite is bringing you novel research on northern agricultural expansion, food safety tips, and a recap on the reading of the bill on Food Day Canada - Ontario to your inbox. Enjoy!

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 
Global Excellence in Food Innovation and Community Impact
Nominations are now open for the $100,000 CAD Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards
Deadline: THIS FRIDAY! February 28th, 2020
Food Day Canada takes on Queens Park
Celebrating Canadian Cuisine 

On Thursday, February 20th, Bill 163 Food Day Ontario (Food Day Canada in Ontario) Act was presented for its second reading in the Ontario Legislature.

Put forward by MPP Vincent Ke, the bill recognizes the work of University of Guelph’s Food Laureate
Anita Stewart to establish Food Day Canada and encourage Canadians to savour the foods in their local landscapes each Saturday of the August long weekend.

The reading of the bill allowed for dialogue and debate around food culture, food’s contribution to the economy and food security issues in Ontario.
What We Are Watching
Sell-by dates

We are all too familiar with the fact that the food we purchase in the grocery store will not necessary be eaten. Consuming food past their advised shelf-life date raises a critical household dilemma between ensuring food is safe to eat and avoiding
food waste. Many of us use best before dates and expiration dates to aid us in making the decision on whether to eat it or toss it.

Arrell Chair,
Maria Corradini offers her expert advice on this topic in a recent video with Knowable Magazine on how to track a food's shelf-life. 
What We Are Reading 
Agricultural Frontiers

The Environmental Consequences of Climate-driven Agricultural Frontiers
Published in PLOS One 

The effects of climate changing are transforming northern landscapes and expanding opportunities for agriculture to move further north.

While this may be a significant economic opportunity for Canada, the authors, including Evan Fraser, warn that if we want to realize the benefits of this opportunity we must also tread very carefully and remember the importance of maintaining important intact northern landscapes such as the boreal forest. Equally important is the fact that the existing northern residents must lead the decision making process.
Who We Are Following 

Kathleen Johnson (second from the right), Arrell Scholar and Masters Student 

Kathleen’s research focuses on understanding the flow and fate of agriculture and industrial contaminants in the fractured bedrock aquifer beneath the City of Guelph.

Apply now to become an Arrell Scholar
Deadline: March 2nd, 2020 
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