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Sustainable Food Production - For a Better Planet

Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) and the University of Guelph recently announced the creation of The Loblaw Companies Limited Chair in Sustainable Food Production. The chair was made possible by a very generous and visionary $3-million gift from Loblaw and will be the centre of U of G’s research focus on creating robust food production systems. It will help lead change in food production systems through education, research, practice and outreach within the context of the essential elements of sustainability: the environment, communities and the economy.

How will this gift make it a Better Planet?

As I said in our news release, issues related to food production and supply are among the greatest societal challenges of our time. Accelerating the pace of change requires new ways of thinking, new approaches to teaching and sharing knowledge, and new definitions of innovation. This new chair is a critical first step in helping to develop long-term solutions for a healthy future.

The chair will also assemble a core of researchers in agriculture and food production, lead collaborations in the public and private sectors, serve as a key resource for government food and agriculture policy development, and work to lead and advance the sustainability of agriculture and food production in Canada.

The Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production is part of U of G’s ongoing fundraising efforts to cultivate teaching and research in areas that are essential for quality of life: food, water, animals, public health, the environment and communities. All for a Better Planet.

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