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Evan Fraser

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Canada Research Chair on Global Food Security
University of Guelph
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Evan Fraser stared thinking about agriculture and food systems while spending summers working on his grandfather's fruit farm in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada. There, he watched his stockbroker grandmother rake in an unconscionable amount of money on commissions from her clients' investments while neighbouring farmers were letting their crops rot because the cost of harvesting was higher than the cost of importing food from the Southern US and Mexico. Having decided, however, that it was easier to write and talk about farming than to try to make a living from it, Evan passed on inheriting the family farm, opting instead for graduate school and degrees in forestry, anthropology, and agriculture from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. After graduating, he worked in a policy institute with the Hon. Dr. Lloyd Axworthy before beginning his academic career in 2003 in the United Kingdom, where he worked on farming and climate change at the University of Leeds. Professor Fraser is the author of approximately 70 scientific papers and book chapters. He has written for the Guardian.com, CNN.com, ForeignAffairs.com, The Walrus and the Ottawa Citizen, and he has published two popular non-fiction books about food and food security, one of which -- Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations -- was shortlisted for the James Beard Food Literature Award. "Feeding Nine Billion," Professor Fraser's web video series, has been watched over 90,000 times and has been used in classrooms around the world. Currently, Evan Fraser holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph, where he is working on a graphic novel about a fictitious food crisis that hits North America in the 2020s.