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Raising Chickens in the High Arctic

I used to be afraid of chickens. Chickens and cows, actually. Which is why a lot of people who have known me a long time think it is hilarious that I am known by many as the “Crazy Arctic Chicken Lady”. I even had someone send me a photoshopped image of me done up like […]
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Looking into the past to see the future: Omnivorous diet

I lose count of how many potential diets exist today. Some are plant-based (e.g., vegetarian, flexitarian and vegan diets, the latter is exclusively plant based). Others include lean meat and fish (Paleo diet) and others exclude certain foods with saturated fats and added sugar (e.g., Mediterranean diet). Every day, it seems like a new diet […]
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Vertical Farming as a Solution to Food Security

Food security has been a trending topic of discussion for quite some time now, yet the reality is that one in four people in the world experience moderate to severe food insecurity. That is roughly 1.9 billion people worldwide, which is 50x the population of Canada as of 2021! Moderate food insecurity includes those who […]
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The Challenges Faced by Agriculture

Since the start of agriculture some 12,000 years ago, farmers have had to meet the changing needs of our planet and the expectations of consumers. So far, our agricultural output has been mostly able to keep up with the population growth thanks to a number of cultural shifts that allowed humans to significantly increase food […]
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Get to know our Lead Researcher, Julie Robertson!

Born and raised in Toronto, Julie has lived all her adult life in York Region just north of the city. After raising her son, she left a career in Merchandise Management to pursue her passion for life-long learning. With a love for geography and the ability to create mental maps for the world around her, […]
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Food security and food sovereignty – similar goals but different focus

Ensuring health through access to food has long been a struggle for humans since time immemorial. With better control of food through multiple agricultural revolutions, the human population has been allowed to grow exponentially. This has forced human civilization to reach for new innovations to keep up with the demand of the population. In 2019, […]
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