UBC Undergraduate Research

Food procurement guideline Kang, Min Ji; Rudek, Amber; Tin, April; Wong, Claire


The UBC food system project is a research project that aims to improve the sustainability of UBC food system. Our group’s scenario focuses on developing a food procurement guideline for AMSFBD and UBC food services. Our project focuses on developing a guideline on fresh produce for these two departments. We propose to consider alternative food distributors (rather than Central foods) that can reduce our ecological footprint. Past AGSC 450 projects guided our group to a new direction but along the lines of developing a food procurement guideline. Our group based our focus on one of Delisa Lewis’s Liaison report’s recommendation: “to pursue a direct relationship with Fraserland Organics”. Within our research, findings have shown that there are other food distributors within BC that have better sustainable practices by choosing more local suppliers. Our investigation has shown that ProOrganics and Discovery organics are two food distributors that are more sustainable and collaborates with many local farms. They currently deliver to UBC Sprouts 1-2 times a week. We hope that future LFS 450 students will follow up on our project and strengthen the relationship between UBC and local farms and suppliers by following our food procurement guidelines. 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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