Food Security: Canadian and Global Perspectives, A CBC Ideas Live Taping

Posted on Wednesday October 11, 2017

On Friday, October 27, the University of Guelph will be hosting a highly-anticipated panel discussion on the future of our food. ‘Food Security: Canadian and Global Perspectives’ will be the first session of the Canada 150 Symposium: Reflect and Envision, and will be moderated by award-winning CBC Ideas radio host, Paul Kennedy.

The two-part panel discussion will be recorded live for the long-running radio show CBC Ideas. Panelists will explore the challenges of sustainably feeding the world's growing population, and the future of Canadian and global food security.

“Within the area of global food security, there is a huge amount of complexity,” explains Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph. “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 will be leading both panel discussions, and has great insight into the challenges of global food security. His research primarily focuses on the challenges, barriers and solutions of food security to meet the needs of the world’s growing population under climate change. Fraser holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and a professor of geography at the University of Guelph.

“Global challenges don’t get bigger or more exciting than global food security,” says Fraser. “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.”

Collectively, Fraser and the Arrell Food Institute aim to raise public awareness of this enormous issue. Fraser emphasizes that he hopes the CBC Ideas show will not only help inform public debate on the topic, but also show that there is hope for the future of food security.

“I think that 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.”

The Food Security panel discussion will take place on Friday, October 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in War Memorial Hall. Doors will close at 7:00 p.m. due to the live taping.

Visit the Canada 150 Symposium webpage for event details and registration.