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The UBC Food System : indicators in the measurement of sustainability Brighten, Caryn; Ducommun, Michelle; Hui, Cecilia; Lau, Jessica; Ngai, June; Setianto, Jennifer; Warrington, Tanya


Sustainability is a term that can be challenging to define. Our group believes that a sustainable food system, though, would be one that is economically viable, and that meets the community’s needs for safe and nutritious foods, while conserving or enhancing its natural resources and environmental quality. In order to create a sustainable UBC Food System, our group truly believes that a maximum amount of recycling and composting must be done by the community, to preserve what we deem particularly important, environmental integrity. Other indicators of sustainability would be the amount of knowledge the UBC Community has of their food system, the availability and accessibility of food to the community, the prices of food on campus, UBC Food Services being a profitable business, and food bought for the UBC Community travelling as little as possible to reach campus. From these indicators, we have devised a model to measure, on a continuum, the sustainability of our food system. In the future, it is our hope that Land, Food and Community III classes can perform research, with this year’s AGSC 450 models in mind, to evaluate the UBC Food System’s sustainability, and to provide proposals of how to shift the state of our food system from its current position to a more sustainable one. 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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