Arrell Institute director speaks on producing more with less impact
November 8, 2022 By University of Guelph
The University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute, along with RBC and Boston Consulting Group’s Centre for Canada’s Future, have released a report, called “The Next Green Revolution,” examining how to increase global food production with less impact on the planet.
The report comes as the United Nations climate conference (COP27) gets set to begin Egypt this week, where food and agriculture are expected to take centre stage.
On Monday, Nov. 7, Arrell director Evan Fraser contributed commentary to the Financial Post with RBC vice president John Stackhouse and BCG’s Keith Halliday that summarizes the report’s findings.
Entitled “Canada’s moonshot,” the article describes why Canada’s agriculture industry should embrace green technologies, which the authors write could “lead to an explosion of innovation, productivity, global leadership and environmental stewardship.”
Fraser also spoke with The Globe and Mail for a feature article on the report’s findings. He said Canada will never achieve a green economy if we don’t have an economic system that accounts for the environmental costs of production. He added the technologies needed for change “are either available now, or rapidly becoming available.”
A professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, Fraser helps lead the Food from Thought initiative and is the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, studying rural agricultural policy food security and how each is affected by climate change.
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