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Developing a sustainable UBC Food System : customer support for a local food system and food produced from ecologically and socially conscious producers Blades, Jennifer; Chow, Cindy; Dhaliwal, Manpreet; Huang, Sienna; Lo, Victoria; Pottinger, Oscar; Tsang, Annie


The ultimate goal of the UBC Food Systems Project is to increase the sustainability of the university food system. One step towards achieving this goal involves re-localization of our foodstuffs. Consequently, our task in 2006 was to develop a survey to assess the desirability and feasibility of re-localization on campus along with current purchasing behaviors, and to further determine willingness to purchase foods produced by socially and ecologically conscious producers. This survey has been built upon a foundation provided by our colleagues over the past several years and finalized through integration of information provided through a pilot test made up of both a class and a field survey. Further, funding, incentives and survey implementation have been organized to ensure success. Collectively, the resulting survey can be implemented in the fall of 2006, through either student distribution or a web based survey, to provide statistically relevant results to our partners in food services on campus to move towards a more sustainable food system here at UBC. 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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