The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) is an interdisciplinary and inclusive research hub for solutions to local and global food systems sustainability.
CSFS is a living lab, providing researchers with a research platform where social, economic, and environmental interventions can be designed, tested, and monitored within a living food system. Research opportunities span the whole seed to plate continuum while integrating many disciplines and sectors to provide global leadership for change leading to resilient and secure future food systems. We are committed to open-access research and data to support widespread knowledge dessimination; see our Dataverse for access to our published datasets. The CSFS provides diverse research space for farm trial and wider research. For new research or collaborations, submit a research proposal or contact our Research Manager Laura Morillas.
Prof. Sean Smukler
The UBC Farm has the potential to connect researchers on campus, especially those who are interested in food systems, food production and the environment. This project is really an opportunity to get a bunch of farmers and scientists together at the UBC Farm and start building connections.
International Research Student
We define the sustainability of a system by its contribution to environmental preservation, economic welfare and social justice, and by its ability to continue to function in time. Given that definition, is what we picture as a sustainable farm actually sustainable?
Prof. Leonard Foster
Bee health is currently a big concern and everybody agrees that we need to do more to improve the health of bees and the viability of the industry.
Associate Prof. Jennifer Black
I care about health equity and I care about ensuring that all Canadians can live a healthy, productive life that allows them to meet their full potential. Making sure that people have access to food (and dignity).
People should know the UBC Farm is a research intensive place. It’s a multifunctional space; they’re not only getting food and products out of the Farm but they’re also contributing to community knowledge about what is happening there from a research standpoint.
I see agriculture and the food system as one of the ways that people have a large influence on the environment. I hope that my work has an impact on the environment in a positive way and it helps build towards a more sustainable farming system, contributing to human health.
Prof. Navin Ramankutty
CSFS Associate Member
I study food security and sustainability on a global scale… More specifically, my research works with global data sets… [I analyze] data to examine how agriculture is changing in different parts of the world and how different farming characteristics or management systems influence environmental outcomes.
Dr. Gabriel Maltais-Landry
Former CSFS Postdoctoral Researcher
Agriculture is one of the most important activities on earth in terms of its impact on natural ecosystems, and nutrient management is a huge leverage point to improve the sustainability of our society.
Dr. Craig Borowiak
One of my primary motivations for visiting the CSFS was that I wanted to be around people who understand these community-based food systems better than I did and who could help me understand how to assess the impact of community gardens
Dr. Lisa Powell
The UBC Farm isn’t only a physical space. It also represents a larger network of researchers and outreach activities going on – both activities happening on the ground at the Farm but also those related to sustainable food systems happening beyond the Farm itself.
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