Staff, Profs Featured in the News

March 10, 2011 - In the News

U of G horticulturalist Rodger Tschanz is featured in today's Toronto Star discussing the University of Guelph's participation in Canada Blooms. This story also ran in the Guelph Mercury and The Record newspapers.

Tschanz, who works in the Ontario Agricultural College's Department of Plant Agriculture, will be helping to ship 1,000 plants from campus greenhouses to next week's event, which is Canada's largest and most prestigious flower and garden festival.

He is the technician for the Bovey greenhouse and also manages the trial garden at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

An opinion piece by Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Management and Economics, is featured in the Winnipeg Free Press today.

In the column, Charlebois, who is an expert on global food systems, discusses the impact political instability in areas such as Tunisia, Egypt and Libya is having on the global balance of oil and food supply. The associate dean was also featured in the Winnipeg Free Press this week in a story about the expected rising prices of food and gas.

Geography professor Evan Fraser is mentioned this week in an online CBC news column by veteran reporter Brian Stewart on the price of food. He mentions Fraser’s book Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations and his theories about food riots.

Fraser, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security, has written extensively on the subject with Andrew Rimas, co-author of Empires of Food. In previous articles, they have discussed the connections among rising prices, hunger and violent civic unrest, and have cautioned that policy-makers today must be mindful of the psychological causes of food riots when discussing trade and protectionism.

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