Lenore Newman is the director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley where she specializes in agricultural innovation and policy. She holds a research chair in food and agriculture innovation and is a past Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment. Lenore is also an emeritus member of the Royal Society of Canada's New College.
Lenore consults extensively with industry in the areas of controlled environment agriculture and alternative proteins. She is the author of Speaking in Cod Tongues and the award-winning Lost Feast, and her third book, Dinner on Mars, coauthored with Dr. Evan Fraser, was published in 2022. She holds a BSc in Physics from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University.
Session Title: Grains, Pulses and the Protein Portfolio: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of Meat
Humanity's quest for protein spans from hunting and gathering to modern agricultural science. Throughout history we have balanced a protein portfolio filled with seafood, domestic animals, plants, and wild-caught meat. Demand for protein, however, continues to grow, and the impact of increasing protein production on biodiversity and the climate is severe. The need for increased protein production is opening new markets for grain and pulse production; this talk discusses the shifting trends on our plate and how that translates into opportunity in the field.