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UBC Food System : framework for assessing sustainability Lee, Alvina; Elisia, Ingrid; Shin, Barry; Brown, Jackie; Rommel, Marina; Kostecki, Merima; Wilson, Maggie; Nie, Suzy


The global food system is a huge industry that has a major impact on environmental, social, and economical sustainability. The UBC food system represents a microcosm of the global food system, similarly impacting the sustainability of UBC. We believe that the UBC Food System (UBCFS) is currently unsustainable. Significant amounts of solid waste are being produced annually, resources are not being adequately utilized, and healthy food is not being provided at a reasonable cost. The UBC Food System, defined as the area west of Wesbrook Mall, faces numerous challenges. Efforts are being made to improve the sustainability of the system by the UBC Sustainability Office, however to date no projects have been published regarding the sustainability of the current food system The objective of this project is to develop a framework for assessing the sustainability of the UBC food system, which can be taking up and implemented by AGSC 450 students over the next four years. To this end we propose using 6 indicators, which integrate issues of ecological, social and economic sustainability. It is our hope that this project will serve as a stepping stone for future projects aimed at promoting a more sustainable UBC food system. 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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