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Commodity chain analysis of the UBC cinnamon bun Cheung, Emily; Gamel, Jennifer; Idle, Suzanne; Leung, Janey; Richter, Alison; Tedyatmadjaya, Yuliana; Vivier, Holly


This paper is an assessment of the sustainability of the UBC cinnamon bun. A commodity chain analysis was used to trace the production process of the major ingredients in the bun from the point of origin to the point of consumption. The commodity chain analysis was then used as an indicator of sustainability to assess whether the UBC cinnamon bun is ecologically, economically and socially sustainable. Recommendations are suggested for the UBC campus sustainability office to improve the sustainability of the UBC food system and questions are provided for future investigation. 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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