Ralph C. Martin grew up on his family farm in Wallenstein, ON. His Ph.D. is in Plant Science from McGill University. In 2001, he founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada. In 2011, he was appointed as professor and Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the University of Guelph. In 2019, Martin retired and also ran for the Green Party in the Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills. His book Food Security: From Excess to Enough is now available.