Agriculture is essential for human life and wellbeing, but long-term sustainability is challenged by the environmental, social and ethical consequences of conventional agriculture. At Trent, we take a broad view of food sustainability. Researchers look at how farms can produce food sustainably, including humane working conditions, ethical treatment of animals, living wages, fair prices and profitable business models, conservation of biodiversity, resource stewardship and healthy diets. They study the impacts of climate change and other factors on soil health and plant productivity, and water quality and availability. The goal is to develop a food system that is viable, fair and responsible.
Researchers are doing world-class studies of soil health and retention, enhancing traditional crops such as corn, wheat and vegetables, exploring new crops opportunities, strengthening organic practices on small family farms, recycling biowaste, and investigating bioaccumulation and reducing environmental impacts.
Trent has proven and long-standing excellence in agricultural research. We are home to the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Agriculture, offer a new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems degree, and have a 33-acre Experimental Farm.
New investments will unlock the unique and significant potential that Trent has in this research area.
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