Diversity in Food Systems 
Reason for celebrating and advancing the diversity in Canada's agri-food sector 

This month we said a sad farewell to our friend and mentor, Anita Stewart who was the energy and vision behind Food Day Canada. Food Day Canada not only gives us another reason to celebrate Canadian food, it also plays a crucial role in reminding us about the diversity of actors in Canada's food system that are moving us in the right direction as we continue to produce and curate safe, sustainable and trusted food. Because of this diversity, there is always something exciting and inspiring happening in Canada's agri-food sector, whether it be innovations in the kitchen, or in measuring supply chain sustainability, or emerging alternative production systems such as vertical agriculture. This diversity is part of what Anita Stewart taught us to appreciate and to celebrate through Food Day Canada.

We keep her voice with us as we prepare for an event she loved to help us with - next week's Arrell Food Summit. At the Arrell Food Summit we will be hosting farmers, chefs and government, industry, civil society and academic leaders. While we wish we could see you all in-person, we are delighted by the diversity in perspectives from across Canada and globally that a virtual conferences has enabled us to bring together. 

Wishing you good health.

- Evan Fraser, Director of Arrell Food Institute 
Learn More About the Growing Stronger Project
Anita Stewart, Visionary Leader in Canadian Cuisine

A fierce and passionate advocate for Canadian cuisine, Anita always sought to ensure Canadians knew about and had access to the terroir that surrounded them. Key to her legacy is Food Day Canada.  Began in 2003 as a way of expressing solidarity with farmers suffering from the BSE outbreak, this advocacy grew beyond The World’s Longest Barbeque and into an entire movement that highlights the bounty produced in Canada each year.

Food Day Canada takes place every Civic Holiday weekend and lights up the Canadian skyline, while farmers, harvesters, processors, chefs, writers, academics and families have been joined together from coast to coast to coast in shared celebration.

Remembering Anita

Arrell Food Summit 
Reflect. Adapt. Thrive. 

Everyone has different reasons for attending events, whether it be networking opportunities, absorbing knowledge, enthusiasm for particular speakers or acquiring new skills. We are excited to offer a combination of live, interactive sessions, exclusive on-demand content, real-time video networking opportunities and sessions designed to expand knowledge and build skills. AFI is designing a digital event that gives you choices about how and when to join us.

The virtual Arrell Food Summit takes place November 18th - 20th, 2020

Register Here

What We are Reading

The report, Agri-Food Sustainability Targets, contributes to a dialogue being undertaken by a diverse group of partners in this country to frame-up a new National Index on Agri-Food Performance, aimed at developing a set of indicators of performance and progress that could catalyze the country’s ambitious agri-food industry growth agenda, respond to changing food expectations and scrutiny, and compete on a world stage in years to come.

Says David McInnes, who authored this report on behalf of a consortium of partners: “Expressing credible performance targets is clearly becoming a key tool here and worldwide to add economic value, compete and improve the environment”. The Arrell Food Institute is thrilled to contribute to this work and collaborate with agri-food experts, like David McInnes.

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Food Waste
Insight on your food waste questions

Food waste is a global issue that is deeply intertwined with other challenges we face including climate change and hunger. For instance, it was estimated that about 821 million people in the world were undernourished in 2018, while more than enough food was produced to feed everyone on the planet. Eliminating food waste alone will not eradicate hunger but, along with improved food distribution and global access to food, it could be part of the solution.

Keep Reading

Stay tuned to our website where we will be sharing new expert blogs on food waste!

Research from Canada's Food University 
  • The Feed. Food from Thought has launched a monthly e-newsletter to share stories on ground breaking research from the University of Guelph. Sign-up Today.
  • Vertical farming is on the rise in Ontario. Profs. Youbin Zheng and Mike Dixon speak with TVO on the emerging trends in vertical farming. Read the Article
  • Having the Critical Discussion of Mental Health in Ag. Prof. Michael von Massow speaks with Jason Meadow on the state of mental health in agriculture. Listen to the Podcast.  
  • 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 
Regeneration Canada

Regeneration Canada is a non-profit focused on promoting land management practices that regenerate soil health and sequester carbon. 

Gabrielle Bastien, founder of Regeneration Canada will be speaking at the Arrell Food Summit during the session, 'Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture - a Cornerstone to Green Recovery?'

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