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Event Details

The world population is expected to grow by over a third, or 2.3 billion people by 2050. Food security is a real issue and made that much more apparent since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020.

In this episode of Open Dialogue Live, you will hear from Dalhousie alumni and researchers on the importance of a sustainable and healthy food production system, the complexity of our food and agricultural industry and the socioeconomic considerations that contribute to food insecurity and inequity. Join the conversation! Faculty of Agriculture Dean Dr. David Gray will join our panelists as host.

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Dr. Paul Manning’s (BSc’13) research aims to better understand the importance of biodiversity (specifically insects) to the health and functioning of agricultural ecosystems. His research interests are focused on: agroecology, entomology, citizen science, and natural history. Much of Paul’s work looks at dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) as a model system for understanding the vulnerability of agroecosystems to environmental disturbances.



Peter Tyedmers is a professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University and he currently serves as Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD program. Peter’s research explores questions related to understanding and improving the biophysical sustainability of food production systems in general and seafood production systems in particular.




Ashley J. MacDonald (BSc’14, MSc’19) is in her third year of the PhD in Agricultural Science program at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture. For her PhD project, Ashley is working with the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Dairy Marketing Board to evaluate the unique success factors that make small dairy farms in the region successful. Her research area is agricultural business with a particular interest in sustainability and data-driven decision-making. Ashley also teaches courses on agricultural marketing and agribusiness sustainability with the Business and Social Science department.

Dr. Gianfranco Mazzanti is an associate professor with Dalhousie’s Faculty of Engineering. His research centers around crystallization of lipids, especially tryacylglycerols used in industrial food and cosmetic processing. Gianfranco’s previous work in Agro-Industrial areas of engineering involved extensive work with the food industry and post-harvest work. A recent addition to Gianfranco’s role at Dal is the on-campus microbrewery where he helps the students run, operate and learn about microbrewing and the local industry.