How do we feed

9 billion people without degrading

ecosystem services?

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Food From Thought has three missions ranging from global initiatives to crop-scale: 

To transform agriculture's global 
impact on biodiversity via collaboration with the International Barcode of Life. 
To sustainably intensify local 
production.
To use big data analytics to enhance farm-wide food
and livestock health 
 

Research Themes

Crops
Ecosystems
Food Safety
Biodiversity
Livestock
Integration

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.

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The Projects

 

Terrestrial Ecosystems

Aquatic Ecosystems

Experimental

 Ecosystems

By combining theory and application, researchers from Guelph University and McGill University are working to understand the relationship between food production and ecosystem services health.  

 

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.

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