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The UBC Food System Project (UBCFSP) : summary report 2006 Richer, Liska

Abstract

The UBC Food System Project (UBCFSP) is a collaborative, community-based action research project initiated jointly in 2001 between the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Sustainability Office’s Social Ecological Economic Development Studies Program (SEEDS). The Project involves multiple partners and collaborators, including: UBC Food Services (UBCFS), AMS Food and Beverage Department (AMSFBD), UBC Waste Management (UBCWM), Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, UBC Sage Bistro, UBC Campus and Community Planning (CCP), Sauder School of Business classes, UBC Sustainability Office (SO), Social, Economic, Ecological Development Studies (SEEDS), and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems students and teaching team. The UBCFSP is part of an Agricultural Science 450 Land, Food and Community (LFC) III course, a mandatory capstone course required for all 4th year Faculty of Land and Food System students. The Project commenced five years ago and has involved six generations of AGSC 450 students, 767 students (105 AGSC 450 groups and 3 Sauder School of Business and 1 Global Resource Systems student group) in total. The main goals of the UBCFSP are the following: 1. To conduct a UBC food system sustainability assessment. 2. To create a shared vision and a model among partners and collaborators of a sustainable food system. 3. To identify barriers that impinge on the ability to make transitions towards UBC food system sustainability. 4. To develop opportunities and recommendations to UBCFSP partners and collaborators. 5. To implement measures to make transitions towards UBC food system sustainability. 6. To give students opportunities to apply all learning from their program specialization and the Land, Food and Community (LFC) series in a transdisciplinary real life project. 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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