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The sustainability of the UBC Food System Collaborative Project III : the feasibility of re-localizing the food system Cameron, Sara; Krisinger, Christine; Fraser, Ali; Ling, Ken; Peterson, Sarah; Tatebe, Kristi; Zeman, Rob


In the third year of the Sustainability of the UBC Food System Collaborative Project, groups have adapted the models developed last year to specific case studies within the UBC food system. Our group has adapted the 2003 group 14’s model to analyze the re-localization of the UBC food system, specifically its feasibility and contributions to the systems sustainability. We have conducted preliminary research into these issues in an attempt to determine areas which require further study. We first outline our values and visions of a sustainable re-localized UBC food system. We then present our findings regarding the current food procurement practices of food service providers at UBC. Following this, from a literature review we outline the benefits and drawbacks of re-localization. We examine the barriers to such a shift and the opportunities to overcome these barriers. Based on our findings, we agree that a move towards re-localization is desirable, but that the feasibility is still questionable. We conclude with recommendations for a course of action in year four to begin collecting data in order to further extend our research. It is hoped that this work will enable future groups to positively advance the sustainability of the entire 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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