Biopartnering Seminar Series - Our Evolving Relationship with Food as We Seek to Sustain it

Ralph C. Martin
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 6:30pm

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6:30pm.
Room 120, Instructional Building.

Guest Speaker: Ralph C. Martin, Appointed Professor & Lobalw Chair in Sustainable Food Production, Ontario Agriculture College, University of Guelph

Our Evolving Relationship with Food As We Seek to Sustain It

Food is crucial to our health and well-being and yet today there is a tendency to take it for granted. With food, consumers want safety, convenience, taste and even entertainment, at low prices. Production of food has increased in step with a rising global population over the last century. Will the trends continue? At what social, ecological and environmental costs can a balance between food production and food consumption be sustained?

About the Speaker: Ralph C. Martin grew up on a beef and hog farm in Wallenstein, ON. After 4-H, his formal education includes, a B.A. and an M.Sc. in Biology from Carleton University and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from McGill University.  His love of teaching grew unexpectedly when he began teaching at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, in 1990, and realized how students teach him too.  In 2001, he founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada ( to coordinate university research and education pertaining to organic systems, across Canada . In 2011, he was appointed as Professor and the Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph.

These and related questions will be explored. All welcome! Light refreshments served at 6:00pm.

This seminar is part of the Biopartnering Seminar Series, offered by the Master of Biotechnology Program.