UBC Undergraduate Research

Conducting a sustainability assessment on fish products with extended shelf-life at UBC Yee, Anita; Woo, Grace; Yau, Jodonna; Wong, Natalie; Xiao, Patrick; Xuan, Shu Ying; Yang, Yang


As the world population continues to grow at an alarming rate, the environmental strains that we have stressed on the earth have placed humans in a huge crisis. Following the global warming problem, the sustainability of ecology and social and economic states is more important than ever. This paper conducts a sustainability assessment of food services and products at the University of British Columbia based on a commodity chain analysis on canned tuna and salmon. Our hypothesis was that UBC could play a role in bridging knowledge and action for reducing food products’ carbon footprint. Our research focused on the harvesting methods, processing, packaging, transportation, consumer demands, and waste disposal generated at any point along the chain of producing and consuming fish products. Our research results supported our hypothesis by showing that we could achieve the sustainability of fish by changing the views and diet habit of people through educating the general public. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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