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The UBC Farm : essential to the sustainability of the food sytem at the University of British Columbia Cesar, Laureen; Fung, Amy; Hewett, Craig; Kruger, Toby; Lo, Belinda; Poon, Kit; Zemanova, Zuzana


This paper is an integrative document aimed at improving the sustainability of the food system at UBC. More specifically, this paper looks at the role the UBC Farm can play in improving the sustainability of the greater UBC food system in which it plays a part. In order to do this, we have identified a core set of values to guide our investigation, developed a model, created methods of data collection, and finally, made recommendations to the UBC office of Campus Sustainability. Our recommendations emphasize the connections between the ecological, social, and economic components of the food system at UBC, and give equal weight to each component. Furthermore, this document is cognizant of the fact that in order to achieve overall sustainability within a system, every component itself must be wholly sustainable. It is the hope of this paper that through improving the sustainability of the Farm, we are strengthening one part of the UBC system, and thus contributing to the sustainability of the UBC Food System as a whole. 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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