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Illustration of five people sitting and standing around a globe surrounded by bushes and plants.

Responding to a growing appetite for solutions to food insecurity

From genomics to economics, researchers in Canada are finding ways to address a crisis that is made worse by climate change and political unrest

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Ontario
Can a bicycle be a tool for creating gender equality?
Researchers at York University use visual and digital mediums to explore the connection between physical activity and unequal power relations
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British Columbia
Life on the edge
An experiential research project at Simon Fraser University explores the psychology behind our perceptions of poverty
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Ontario
Power, policies and sustainability in the global food system
Today’s industrial approach to agriculture leaves the world dangerously dependent on a few crops and a few companies. Jennifer Clapp wants to change that.
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Saskatchewan
Climate resilient crops that can do more with less
How researchers are tackling the roots of food insecurity — in a very literal way
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Ontario
Blueprints for boosting plant immunity
How sophisticated genomics could help address food insecurity by giving crops an edge in the arms race against pathogens
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Northwest Territories
Can wind power the North?
Researchers at Aurora College’s Research Institute are using portable LiDAR scanners to help find the answer
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Ontario
Summoning the storm, at the Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Facility
By simulating intense winds and weather, a research facility at Western University tests how buildings will hold up under catastrophic conditions
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Saskatchewan, Ontario
Mounting an early warning system for Canada’s looming water crisis, through the Global Water Futures Observatories
A network of observation systems across the country’s freshwater basins provides urgently needed data to help ward off the devastating impacts of floods, droughts and other water crises plaguing Canada
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Alberta, Québec, Ontario, British Columbia
Tweaking biology for health and biotech solutions, at GlycoNet Integrated Services
A pan-Canadian network of over 170 researchers brings together the country’s expertise in the field of glycomics to create solutions in medicine and other bio-based industries
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Ontario
Keeping pollution in check, at the world’s freshwater laboratory
A network of lakes in Ontario provides a globally unique perspective on how human activity affects lakes and watersheds, so we can find ways to preserve them