U of G, Arrell Food Institute on CBC Ideas

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CBC Radio’s Ideas With Paul Kennedy rebroadcast a two-part series on the future of food featuring Prof. Evan Fraser, director of the Arrell Food Institute at U of G.

“Confronting the ‘perfect storm’: How to feed the future” aired April 13 and The hidden power of food: Finding value in what we eat April 20.

The series was recorded during a panel discussion at the Canada 150 Symposium: Reflect and Envision held at U of G in October 2017 and sponsored by the Arrell Food Institute.

“Within the area of global food security, there is a huge amount of complexity,” said Prof. Evan Fraser. “I’m hoping people come away [from this conversation] with a sense of the complexity, but not that it’s so complex that we can’t make progress.”

Fraser, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, led the panel discussions. He studies social and environmental consequences of food price volatility and ways to reduce waste in global food systems.

“Global challenges don’t get bigger or more exciting than global food security,” Fraser said. “It’s a challenge but also a huge socio-economic opportunity. We have the ability to radically rethink the way we produce, distribute and eat food.”

He added: “Canada has a really exciting opportunity presenting itself. I share the visions articulated by the federal government—that Canada can be the world’s supplier of safe and nutritious food.”