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HLPE Report #16: Youth engagement in food systems

HLPE Report #16: Youth engagement in food systems

HLPE Report #16: Youth engagement in food systems “Youth are on the front lines to build the food systems of the future, while also bearing significant risks from climate change, social and economic inequities, and political marginalization.” The HLPE (High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition) Report #16 has been published and […]
CBC: Storing perishables during a heat wave

CBC: Storing perishables during a heat wave

CBC: Storing perishables during a heat wave “Heat can cause food and prescription medication to spoil, potentially exacerbating the heat wave’s deadly effects.” Dr. Siyun Wang, CSFS Associate and Professor at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, shared some recommendations for how to keep your perishables safe during a heat wave. Both food and medications can spoil […]
Grist: Salad will survive climate change. But at what cost?

Grist: Salad will survive climate change. But at what cost?

Grist: Salad will survive climate change. But at what cost? “We made eating greens more convenient. Can we make it truly democratic?” Dr. Navin Ramankutty, a professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, commented on the importance of finding a balance between nutritive value and widespread access. He mentioned that even […]
UBC Strategic Plan: Nature’s weapon against food-borne pathogens

UBC Strategic Plan: Nature’s weapon against food-borne pathogens

UBC Strategic Plan: Nature’s weapon against food-borne pathogens “Some superheroes are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Microscopic bacteria-eating viruses are coming into favour as a way to combat food-borne pathogens.” Dr. Siyun Wang, CSFS Associate and Professor of Food Safety, is investigating the applications of bacteriophages in UBC’s Food Safety Laboratory. […]
Planning West: 20th Anniversary of the UBC Farm

Planning West: 20th Anniversary of the UBC Farm

Planning West: 20th Anniversary of the UBC Farm “Formed in 2011, CSFS’s main research and learning space is the UBC Farm, which began as a student-led initiative that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The UBC Farm and the CSFS have both grown over the decades, with the UBC Farm deemed ‘green academic’ by […]
CSFS Associate Seminars: Dr. Simone Castellarin

CSFS Associate Seminars: Dr. Simone Castellarin

The CSFS Future of Food Global Dialogue Series presents: CSFS Associate Seminars Regulated Deficit Irrigation Strategies for Saving Irrigation Water in Vineyards About this Seminar Water management in vineyards is arguably one of the major issues that the wine industry is facing. Climate change is forecasted to make precipitations more erratic and to increase temperatures […]
UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks

UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks

UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks “Understanding how beneficial microbes are recruited has the potential to be used in agriculture to sustainably protect plants from pathogens. ” Dr. Cara Haney, CSFS associate and professor in UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, conducted research on how plants can recruit beneficial bacteria (i.e. their microbiome) […]
Springer Nature: Are Small Farms Better?

Springer Nature: Are Small Farms Better?

Springer Nature: Are Small Farms Better? “It is an important question to examine — more than 80% of the world’s farmers are smallholders and they constitute a large portion of the world’s poor and vulnerable populations.” Dr. Navin Ramankutty, CSFS Associate and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change and Food Security, blogged about his […]
The Globe and Mail and National Post: Nature’s assets and conserving 30% of Earth

The Globe and Mail and National Post: Nature’s assets and conserving 30% of Earth

The Globe and Mail and National Post: Nature’s assets and conserving 30% of Earth by 2030 “The challenge is not simply to measure the contents of the country’s vast natural landscapes, but to know what to measure.” The Globe and Mail highlighted a study by Dr. Matthew Mitchell, CSFS Associate and research associate at UBC’s […]
National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers

National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers

National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers “Already capable of growing in harsh conditions, sunflowers have the potential to withstand even more.” Dr. Loren Rieseberg, CSFS associate and professor in UBC’s Department of Botany, commented on how sunflowers are considered one of the more environmentally resilient crops. Sunflower roots extend twice as deep as those of corn – […]