UBC Undergraduate Research

UBC Food System Collaborative Project V : land, food & community III Augustine, Earlene; Christensen, Bradley; Herbruger, Verena; Leung, Stephen; Park, Min Jung; Tan, Gloria; Yee, Cindy


The ultimate goal of UBC Food System Project is to improve the sustainability of the food system at UBC. Our team’s specific task was to research how seasonal and local produce can be incorporated into university food provider menus. This must be done without compromising taste, nutritional quality and affordability of the menu items, or the economic viability of the businesses associated. In order to achieve this task we felt it necessary to set guidelines, one of which was to define the local food system to be within an eight hundred kilometer radius of the food provider. Our group decided to focus on Bernoulli’s Bagels as our model food outlet for this project and based most of the seasonal produce substitutions on UBC Farm products. To achieve our task successfully, we obtained relevant information from Bernoulli’s Bagels and UBC Farm. Based on the information gathered, we incorporated UBC farm produce into Bernoulli’s current menu and developed seasonal specials from the Farm, using recipes we created. We also felt that increasing the level of awareness about the food system as well as the willingness to consume more locally produced products was an important component for the project’s success. Therefore, we attempted to address the need for increased awareness on campus through menus, promotional pieces and word of mouth. Finally, to fill in some of the gaps we uncovered, we included recommendations for next year’s AGSC 450 class and for our fellow collaborators. 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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