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Incorporating more & increasing support for BC local and seasonal items into UBC Food Service Residence cafeterias Arnup, Will; Chiu, Loretta; Herberts, Meryl; LeBlanc, Melissa; Lin, Tser-Dean; Reeves, Jasmine; Tretheway, Heather


The University of British Columbia Food System Project (UBCFSP) is an ongoing collaborative project with the goal of increasing food sustainability on campus. Scenario 5b of the UBCFSP for 2007 looks at the demand for and feasibility of introducing local food into Place Vanier Dining Room, a UBC Food Services Residence cafeteria. As a microcosm of the global food system, UBC is an ideal place to develop and implement ideas on reaching the goal of sustainability. With this in mind, we assessed demand for local foods at Place Vanier. This was done with a preliminary survey of Place Vanier customers, followed by a soup taste test and interview. The soup test incorporated two soup recipes that we developed as a group, made with local ingredients. Next, we contacted two local produce growers to gain knowledge of seasonal food availability. Lastly, we provided a list of recommendations to the groups of this scenario for 2008, as well as to UBC Food Services and Place Vanier specifically. 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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