Helping feed Ontarians from field to fork
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From field to fork, the new Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph connects food research experts on campus with Canadian and global partners to ensure sustainability, economic growth and food security, and to improve life at home and abroad.

The University of Guelph has been closely tied with food since its founding colleges were established more than 150 years ago. Today all seven colleges – spanning engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, art, biology, veterinary science, business, environment, economics and agricultural studies – support the university’s leadership role in food and agricultural research and teaching. 

A recent report by the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) found that there are currently four jobs for every graduate of the OAC. In light of these findings, the OAC is working with high schools and employers in agri-food to better inform students about growth prospects in the sector, as well as to create programs geared to the demands of the industry.

Among its initiatives, the new Arrell Food Institute supports five inaugural scholars from Canada and abroad whose graduate studies are intended to help transform the global food industry. Along with the University’s Food From Thought project – which connects cross-campus experts with international partners to find ways to sustainably feed a growing world population – the institute raises Canada’s profile in the global food economy and further strengthens the university’s position as “Canada’s food university.”

“The same technologies that created the Internet and are transforming medicine are now being applied to farmers’ fields and to food processing factories — we can produce more food on less land using fewer inputs.”
Prof. Evan Fraser
Director of the Arrell Food Institute and Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security
Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph

The Arrell Food Institute connects food research experts on campus with Canadian and global partners to ensure sustainability, economic growth and food security, and to improve life at home and abroad.

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