The world needs our help. Never has that been more evident than in recent years, as people across the globe struggle with issues like obesity, food security and the impact of climate change. In the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, our research focuses on finding viable solutions to these pressing global crises.
The rest of the world is beginning to catch on to the critical nature of these issues. Terms like “eco-friendly” and “carbon footprint”, unfamiliar terms just 10 years ago, are now part of our everyday vocabulary. While it’s encouraging to see them make their way into general conversation, we need to do more than just pay lip service as we still have a long road ahead. Every day we see the impact of our actions on the planet. We are facing some of the biggest challenges in the history of the human race and we need to work fast.
It may seem daunting, but some of the best and brightest are working on these problems from here in our own Faculty. In these pages, you will read about LFS ambassadors of change like Jenny Pfoh, a graduate of our Global Resource Systems program, who is advising Calgary residents on how to make their homes more environmentally-friendly. Or Joseph Shen, one of our Nutritional Science students, who is helping Vancouver-area residents reduce their garbage by 70% through a food scrap recycling project.
These are small steps, but they can inspire big change. We may not be able to turn back time, but if we can resolve these issues and learn to do things differently, then we can all look forward to a brighter future.
Murray B. Isman, Dean
Faculty of Land & Food Systems