Feeding the World

(How) will we be able to meet the protein demands of the world’s growing population?

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Goretty Dias

Assistant Professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo

Goretty Dias is a professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She holds a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Guelph, and has 30 years of combined experience in greenhouse gas measurement and analysis, environmental modeling, and product life cycle modeling. Goretty uses an interdisciplinary lens, which combines environmental Goretty Dias, Assistant Professor at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo sciences, industrial ecology, and sustainability science, to study food and agricultural systems. Her current research interests include developing and applying life cycle sustainability assessment approaches to the study of food systems and dietary patterns in order to provide evidence-based solutions for sustainability issues occurring from farm-to-fork. Her research addresses resource use and potential environmental impacts due to food production, food waste assessment, as well as the potential of sustainable food consumption through appropriate dietary patterns.

Mike von Massow

Professor at the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, University of Guelph

Michael von Massow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. He is also the OAC Chair in Food System Leadership. Mike’s research focuses on consumer perceptions of and demand for food. He is also interested in the formation of new value chains as the demand for food is changing and becoming more fragmented.

Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez

Director, McGill University Institute for Global Food Security

Dr Melgar-Quinonez is currently the Director of the Institute for Global Food Security. As the Margaret A. Gilliam Faculty Scholar in Food Security he holds an appointment in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University
in Montreal. A Guatemalan and a USA citizen, Dr Melgar-Quinonez moved to McGill University in September of 2012, after 9 years of work as a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Ohio State University. Previous to his appointment in Ohio, he worked as a researcher in public health nutrition at the University of California in Davis and at the Mexican Institute of Public Health. Dr. Melgar-Quinonez holds a degree in Medicine from both the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany and the National University of San Carlos in Guatemala. He also received his doctoral degree in sciences from the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr Melgar-Quinonez has worked as a consultant on food security in several countries in Latin America, and maintains strong collaborative relationships with the United Nations Food and agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP), among other international institutions and development agencies. His research program on the assessment of household food security includes over 20 countries around the globe.

Brent Preston

Organic Farmer, Speaker and Author, The New Farm

Brent Preston worked as a human rights investigator, aid worker, election observer and journalist on four continents before finding his true calling as a farmer. In 2003 he and his wife, Gillian Flies, abandoned successful careers in Toronto, packed up their two young children, and moved to a run-down farm outside Creemore, Ontario. Since then, they have built The New Farm into a thriving business and a leading light in the good food movement, providing organic vegetables to some of the best restaurants in Canada and raising almost a million dollars to make local, organic food accessible in low income communities. Brent’s first book, The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution, is published by Random House Canada.