How do we feed
9 billion people without degrading
The University of Guelph research initiative Food From Thought is an ongoing research program to redefine agriculture for future generations. Through developing more sustainable farming practices, the research done by the Food From Thought research team will help us to better feed a growing population without damaging valuable ecosystem services.
Working with world-leading researchers from multiple disciplines, the Food From Thought initiative will establish Canada as a global leader in agri-food and sustainability.
Food From Thought has three missions ranging from global initiatives to crop-scale:
To sustainably intensify local
To use big data analytics to enhance farm-wide food
and livestock health
In collaboration with Ontario farms, Food From Thought research will lead to solutions for remediation of degraded ecosystems, increased ecosystem health and reduced damage to ecosystems.
Using big data, Food From Thought will prevent zoonotic disease, enhance livestock health, and prevent illness and death in humans. Ultimately preventing economic loss due to livestock culling and food recalls.
"We want to increase the capacity, sustainability and safety of food production systems without undermining environmental health, ecosystem services or livestock health and welfare. - Food From Thought Mission Statement "
Through the integration of agriculture, technology, and big data analytics, Food From Thought will analyze trends in agricultural practices and their resulting impact on biodiversity. Clarifying these relationships will revolutionize the way future generations will approach both agriculture and ecosystem management.
Aligned with Food From Thoughts mission's, the Ecosystem Services Team is composed of researchers from Guelph and McGill University. The Ecosystem Services team conducts research to better understand how agriculture practices affect biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The Ecosystem Services Team
Dr. John Fryxell is the executive director for the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) and professor and researcher at the University of Guelph.
Dr. Fryxell is testing how ecosystems respond to rapid environmental change using experimental ecosystems at BIO.
The Ecosystem Services team has been able to collaborate with local farmers in southern Ontario through the efforts of ALUS Canada. This partnership makes the Ecosystem Service research unique, as it allows new conservation strategies to be tested out in real-world settings on local farms.