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Business Climate: How drought is changing B.C.’s agriculture industry

Business Climate: How drought is changing B.C.’s agriculture industry May 29, 2024 B.C. cattle ranchers, hit hard by last summer’s severe drought, are facing unprecedented challenges. Sean Smukler, director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm, discusses the urgent need for better water management. “If we’re really serious about building local […]
Dr. Kai Chan

Global effort to end plastic pollution 

Global effort to end plastic pollution  April 26, 2024 CSFS Associate Dr. Kai Chan, professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, discussed the global effort to end plastic pollution. “Global effort to end plastic pollution” CTV Morning Live 
Headshot of Risa Sargent in the fields of UBC Farm

Introduced bumble bee dominates Lower Mainland pollinator surveys

Introduced bumble bee dominates Lower Mainland pollinator surveys April 24, 2024 CSFS Associate Risa Sargent, who heads the Plant Pollinator and Global Change lab in LFS, and master’s student Sarah Knoerr are featured in a UBC News story to discuss raising concerns about the number of common eastern bumble bees—an introduced species—being found in the wild and […]
Wild pollinators could help feed 30 million Canadians, study finds

Wild pollinators could help feed 30 million Canadians, study finds

Wild pollinators could help feed 30 million Canadians, study finds April 3, 2024 CSFS Associate Matthew Mitchell sheds light on the link between diminishing numbers of wild pollinators and reduced farm productivity in a recent study published in Environmental Research Letters. In his Q&A, he delves into the research findings and proposes ways the public can contribute […]
An Indigenous ecologist on why we need to stop and listen to save the planet

An Indigenous ecologist on why we need to stop and listen to save the planet

An Indigenous ecologist on why we need to stop and listen to save the planet April 19th, 2024 Forestry professor Dr. Jennifer Grenz discussed her new book Medicine Wheel forthe Planet: A journey toward personal and ecological healing, and how joining Western science and an Indigenous worldview makes for better science.  Indigenous ecologist Jennifer Grenz has spent decades working to protect […]
Reshaping agriculture: How to fight climate change with farming

Reshaping agriculture: How to fight climate change with farming

Reshaping agriculture: How to fight climate change with farming March 8th, 2024 The future of farming is about more than just producing food—agriculture can help combat climate change. But we need to transform the way we think about farming. When we consider farmers as stewards of the land, modern agricultural practices can help us build […]
In Canada, the Forest Gardens of the Indigenous Kitselas Emerge From Oblivion

In Canada, the Forest Gardens of the Indigenous Kitselas Emerge From Oblivion

In Canada, the Forest Gardens of the Indigenous Kitselas Emerge From Oblivion January 16th, 2024 Jean-Thomas Cornélis talks about his research with Jennifer Grenz, Chelsey Armstrong (SFU), and Kitselas, Sts’ailes and Hanamuwx Indigenous partners. Their research combines archeology and pedology, documenting Indigenous forest-garden agricultural methods. Cornélis works hand-in-hand with the indigenous Kitselas to document the […]
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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 […]