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"We won't be successful in our efforts to change the food and agriculture system until we really understand how the current system works, where its vulnerabilities lie, and what set of strategies have a realistic and progressive ability to transform it."
My research focuses on creating a national food agriculture policy for Canada, and the set of coherent and comprehensive programs required to support such a policy. The courses I teach identity the problems of the food and agriculture system, its vulnerabilities, where change is possible in the short, medium and long term, an the strategies that could bring about effective change. Fes is well positioned to offer training in this area because of the inter-disciplinary of its offerings and faculty, and its emphasis on viable solutions to pressing environmental and social problems.
MacRae, R.J. and E. Abergel. 2012 (eds). Health and sustainability in the Canadian food system: Advocacy and opportunity for civil society. Vancouver: UBC Press.
MacRae, R.J., M.Szabo, K. Anderson, F.N. Louden and S. Trillo. 2012 (online first). Empowering the citizen-consumer: Re-regulating consumer information to support the transition to sustainable and health promoting food systems in Canada. Sustainability, 4.
Patel, S. and R. MacRae. 2012 (online first). Community supported agriculture in the city: The case of Toronto. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 2(4).
MacRae, R.J., J. Nasr, J. Kuhns, L.Baker, R. Christianson, M. Danyluk, A.Snider, E. Gallant, P. Kaill-Vinish, M. Michalak, J. Oswald, S. Patel and G. Wekerle. 2012. Could Toronto provide 10% of its fresh vegetable requirements from within its own boundary? Part II: Policy supports and programme design. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 2:147-169.
MacRae, R.J. 2011. A joined up food policy for Canada. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 6:424-457 (on-line first).
Lynch, D.H., MacRae, R. and R.C. Martin. 2011. The Carbon and Global Warming Potential Impacts of Organic Farming: Does It Have a Significant Role in an Energy Constrained World? [On-line DOI: Sustainability 2011, 3, 322-362; doi:10.3390/su3020322]
MacRae, R.J., E. Gallant, S. Patel, M. Michalak, M. Bunch and S. Schaffner. 2010 (on-line first). Could Toronto provide 10% of its fresh vegetable requirements from within its own boundaries? Matching consumption requirements with growing spaces. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 2.
Bradley, A. and R. MacRae. 2010 (on-line first). Legitimacy and Canadian farm animal welfare standards development: the case of the National Farm Animal Care Council. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics DOI: 10.1007/s10806-010-9240-z
Louden, F.N. and R. MacRae. 2010. Federal regulation of local and sustainable food labels in Canada: a case study of Local Food Plus. Agriculture and Human Values [On-line: DOI: 10.1007/s10460-009-9209-6]
Desjardins, E., R. MacRae and T. Schumilas. 2010. Meeting future population food needs with local production in Waterloo Region: linking food availability and optimal nutrition requirements. Agriculture and Human Values [On-line: DOI: 10.1007/s10460-009-9204-y]
MacRae, R.J., R.C. Martin, J. Langer, and M. Juhasz. 2009. Ten percent organic within 15 years: policy and programme initiatives to advance organic food and farming in Ontario, Canada. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 24(2):120-136. [On-line: doi:10.1017/S1742170509002531]
Koc, M., R. MacRae, E. Desjardins and W. Roberts. 2008. Getting civil about food: the interactions between civil society and the state to advance food security in Canada. Journal of Health, Environment and Nutrition. 3(2):122-144.
MacRae, R., B. Frick and R.C. Martin. 2007. Economic and social impacts of organic production systems. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 87(5):1037-1044.
Rideout, K.G. Riches, A. Ostry, D. Buckingham and R. MacRae. 2007. Bringing home the right to food in Canada: challenges and possibilities for achieving food security. Public Health Nutrition 10(6):566-573.
Cookie, N., R MacRae and G. Skogstad. 2006. (Eds.). What are We Eating? Qu'est-ce qu'on mange? Towards a Canadian Food Policy. Canadian Themes, Association for Canadian Studies.
MacRae, R. et al. 2006. Ontario Goes Organic: How to Access Canada's Growing Billion Dollar Market for Organic Food. World Wildlife Fund and the Ontario Agriculture Centre of Canada. Toronto, Ontario.