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Benchmarking transitions towards a local and sustainable UBC Food System Chan, Wendy; Fuller, Anne; Jankola, Lauchlan; Miles, Monique; Obedkoff, Rebecca; Sam, Karen; Wallace, Jill


The four years of work on the UBC Food Systems Project (UBCFSP) thus far has resulted in a need to measure the progress of the UBC Food System in reaching sustainability goals. Our groups’ value assumptions, which encompass community cohesion, education, the connection between humans and the environment, and the fundamental right to food, generally support the guiding principles of the UBCFSP Vision Statement, and have guided our work on this scenario. We used a collaborative approach with the other two groups working on scenario seven to determine the information base needed for indicators and benchmarks. Our proposed benchmarks include both short term (2010) and long term (2020) goals. Benchmarks were set with the recognition that the food system as a whole will undergo changes between now and 2020. Due to their differing roles within the UBC Community, the findings for indicators and the benchmarks set vary greatly between the key players identified in our research. Some indicators and benchmarks proved much more challenging to find information for and address than others for which data was readily available. These issues are discussed throughout our Findings and Discussion. 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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