Promoting a Sustainable Future – The Challenge of Sustainable Diets


Director of Arrell Food Institute & Professor of Geography at University of Guelph

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
(10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT)


Evan Fraser explores the idea of sustainable diets, starting from data that shows a plant-forward diet contains fewer greenhouse gasses and other indicators of environmental stress than livestock-heavy diets. He’ll take a look at the explosion of alternative proteins and touch on Canada’s own “protein innovation supercluster” based on the prairies. In the very near future consumers will be enjoying a range of new productions including one of the most promising yet-to-reach-the-mainstream technologies: yeast-derived “dairy”.

At the same time, however, both Canada and the world at large face a chronic shortage of fruit and vegetables. In fact, if we were all to eat a nutritionally recommended diet, fruit and vegetable production would have to more than triple. Evan discusses how this issue is being tackled to deliver hyper local products produced anywhere and anytime.


Evan Fraser, Ph.D., is Director of Arrell Food Institute and a professor of Geography at the University of Guelph. Evan works to bring large and diverse teams together in order to develop strategies that balance our need to produce and distribute accessible, healthy and nutritious food while stewarding the ecosystems on which we all depend for life. He believes that it is only by building bridges between the corporate sector, government, civil society and academics that we will be able to create the food systems fit for the challenges of the 21st century.

As a researcher, Evan is a co-author on over 100 academic papers and book chapters, played a leadership role on teams that have raised over $100M in research funding, and mentored around 50 graduate students. He is one of Canada’s most cited social scientists working on food and sustainability and between 2010-2020 was a Canada Research Chair.