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Nourishing knowledge: Exploring food, nutrition and society

Message from the Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Our relationship with food – individually, collectively in the communities we live in, and globally – is being challenged and reimagined. At one end of the spectrum, it is about choice and alternative options. At the other end of the spectrum, it is a crisis where issues of food security, nutrition and sustainability present significant challenges.

Ryerson researchers are studying the topic of food through new lenses and leading the way to address sustainability and the socio-economic and environmental aspects of putting healthy food on tables.

This publication is made possible, in part, with the support of the Research Support Fund.


 Food security

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”

Source: United Nations World Food Summit (1996). Rome Declaration on World Food Security (external link) .

 Food insecurity

“The inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so."

Source: Government of Canada (2012). Household Food Insecurity in Canada: Overview (external link) .

Food insecurity migrating across borders

Refugees fleeing their homes are among the most vulnerable groups in terms of food security.

Update: Scale-up project helps grow food security in Vietnam

A partnership between Ryerson and Vietnam’s National Institute of Nutrition produced employment opportunities for women and enriched food for children.

Screening for food insecurity among diabetes patients

Health care workers can offer tailored recommendations around meal choices and community resources that can assist with diabetes management.

360 Degrees

From Growing North to Green Iglu

It’s been four years since two Ryerson alumni first completed construction of a dome-shaped greenhouse in Naujaat, Nunavut.

Urban agriculture taking root in African cities

In sub-Saharan Africa, citizen groups, city bureaucrats and politicians are leading the way in developing urban agriculture policies.

How the Ryerson community is shaping urban agriculture

How can we create space in our cities to bring food production closer to home? For the past decade, Ryerson researchers have been at the heart of innovation in this field of study.

Policy & Perspective

Serving up safe food handling research

Professor Ian Young has completed systematic reviews of food handling-related research, examining what impacts the behaviours of people whose job is working with food.

What millennials want from food and drink

When millennials spend money, they want more than a product for their hard-earned dollars.

Packaging sustainability through the decades

Four decades ago, a burger from McDonald’s came in a Styrofoam clamshell. Today, it’s a corrugated paperboard box. Is that more sustainable?

Meet the Experts

Collaborating at the intersection of food science and nutrition

A chance meeting in a Ryerson hallway between professors Nick Bellissimo and Dérick Rousseau led to their unique ongoing collaboration.

In Our Community

Adapting food systems to climate change

Ryerson researchers are working hand-in-hand with Indigenous communities to address food security and climate change adaptation in northern Canada.

Alumni Spotlight

Culinary explorations lead to family revelations for Ryerson journalism alumna

A cross-Canada road trip exploring small-town Chinese restaurants led Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui to uncover her own family’s past.

Student Feature

Taking food full circle

What if, with a simple trip to a green bin, you could contribute to carbon reduction?