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Announcing our Strategic Plan!

We are thrilled to announce our Strategic Plan 2024-2029. The CSFS is uniquely positioned to develop solutions to the problems facing our food system. Grounded by our connection to the land at the UBC Farm, our aim is to have an impact in four key areas: food security, climate, biodiversity, and decolonization. Strategic Plan 2024-2029.
Ontario woman files proposed class-action lawsuit over salmonella-tainted cantaloupes

Ontario woman files proposed class-action lawsuit over salmonella-tainted cantaloupes

Ontario woman files proposed class-action lawsuit over salmonella-tainted cantaloupes January 3rd, 2024 An Ontario woman who became ill after eating cantaloupe is the lead plaintiff in a second proposed class-action lawsuit filed over cantaloupe-linked salmonella infections across the country. Cantaloupe is grown in bushes and is particularly vulnerable to salmonella carried by wild animals, such […]
Sustainable packaging made from blueberries

Sustainable packaging made from blueberries

Sustainable packaging made from blueberries November 6, 2023 Land and food systems professor Dr. Anubhav Pratap-Singh and graduate student Xanyar Mohammadi are developing a sustainable food packaging made from blueberries. “This packaging is very flexible, and is very strong compared to regular plastic. Sometimes it’s even more resistant than plastic” says Mohammadi. “This sustainable packaging […]
Food security starts with seeds

Food security starts with seeds

Food security starts with seeds   October 31, 2023 The Ubyssey interviewed UBC Farm staff and researchers about The Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement (CANOVI) project, an ongoing research project at the UBC Farm. Organic growers in Canada “rely largely on seeds that are produced outside of Canada,” said plant breeding postdoc and CSFS associate Weijia […]
Apply now for the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

Apply now for the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture

Applications open soon – UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture September 21, 2023 Be part of the future of farming and food systems. Join the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture! Our Practicum program is a hands-on educational program providing students with a full growing season of experience. The six-month experiential learning program is designed […]
Meet “Dogxim,” the world’s first known dog-fox hybrid—and a genetic oddity

Meet “Dogxim,” the world’s first known dog-fox hybrid—and a genetic oddity

Meet “Dogxim,” the world’s first known dog-fox hybrid—and a genetic oddity September 27, 2023 Botany professor Dr.Loren Reiseberg commented on this genetic oddity.  “This is what one might expect to see in trees, but not vertebrates,” said CSFS Associate Loren Rieseberg. “It is like humans producing a viable hybrid with chimpanzees!” “Data suggest hybridization has […]
Canada’s wildfires take devastating toll on wildlife  

Canada’s wildfires take devastating toll on wildlife  

Canada’s wildfires take devastating toll on wildlife. October 4, 2023 Land and food systems researcher Dr. Matthew Mitchell said fumes from wildfires have acute or chronic effects on the health of wildlife.  “These fumes have acute or chronic effects on the health of wildlife, says Mitchell. “Young animals are often more susceptible to the effects […]
‘The land will be lost forever:’ Okanagan is one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada

‘The land will be lost forever:’ Okanagan is one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada

‘The land will be lost forever:’ Okanagan is one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada  September 25, 2023 CSFS Associate Dr. Kai Chan told iNFOnews.ca that the proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park is a necessary development as the current laws are not effective at ensuring well-functioning ecosystems and protecting biodiversity. “There’s a lot at […]
Market Recipe Blog: Fall Fair 1st Place Pie (Apple Rose Tart with Pistachio Frangipane)

Market Recipe Blog: Fall Fair 1st Place Pie (Apple Rose Tart with Pistachio Frangipane)

Market Recipe Blog: Fall Fair 1st Place Pie (Apple Rose Tart with Pistachio Frangipane)   We look forward to our annual Fall Fair pie contest all summer long to taste the medley of flavours our community bakes up for the occasion! Folks enter their time- and taste-tested pies to be judged (kindly!) and sampled, and […]
Organic Week, September 18-24!

Organic Week, September 18-24!

Organic Week, September 18-24!  This week, September 18-24th is Canada’s National Organic Week, which is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Read more about it and various events at Organic Week […]