Profs, Student in the News

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Prof. Evan Fraser, Geography, and student Samantha Pascoal wrote an op-ed column in the Toronto Star on Sept. 23. In the column, Fraser and Pascoal discussed food insecurity in Canada, and noted that poverty, crop diversity and federal trade agreements have all had an impact on food security. Fraser has created the website feedingninebillion.com, which aims to generate discussion and solutions to global food security issues.

Research from the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) at U of G was featured in the Globe and Mail and CBC News on Sept. 23. Prof. Amar Mohanty, Plant Agriculture, and researchers at the BDDC helped develop new compostable single-serve coffee pods in partnership with Club Coffee. The company hopes the biodegrabable pods will lessen the piles of plastic coffee pods in landfills each year.

Prof. Georgia Mason, Animal Biosciences, was interviewed by the National Post on Sept. 22. In the story, Mason discussed a potential move by some jurisdictions, including Quebec, to give animals more rights. While a change, Mason said the change is less revolutionary than some might believe. She is a behavioural biologist who researches animal behaviour and welfare.