UBC Land and Food Systems researcher Yasmin Akhtar says bugs are nutritious, sustainable and delicious. At an insect-tasting event and lecture on campus, she served up crickets and other bugs that she says aren’t hard to swallow.
By 2050 there will be more than 9 billion people on the planet—that’s two billion more people in just 35 years. Finding ways to feed a population of that size is a challenge that scientists all over the world are focusing on—including researchers here in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
Local farming has been given a boost thanks to a $1 million investment from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia in support of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm.
Associate Professor Hannah Wittman has been appointed Academic Director of The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm for a three-year term beginning July 2015.
Elevated levels of toxic metals found at a Vancouver community garden site have raised questions about the city’s approach to promoting urban agriculture.
Researchers in Human Nutrition have developed a novel method to test for vitamin B12 deficiency that is sensitive enough to work on anyone, including newborn babies and large swaths of the general population.
As global issues such as climate change and food security continue to place increasing demands on our soil, bringing attention to this important resource is becoming more and more critical.
Children of college-educated parents eat more vegetables and drink less sugar, according to a new study from LFS researchers. But it’s still not enough, the study goes on to say, as all kids are falling short when it comes to eating healthier at school.
A research team led by Assistant Professor Jennifer Black was recently awarded $200,000 by the CIHR to evaluate the impact of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society’s Food Hub Programs on dietary intake and food security.
Professor Tony Farrell took part in a study to better understand how climate change will impact animals in aquatic environments, examining the capacity for evolutionary change in Chinook salmon using a genetic breeding program.
1. SOILx project Receives Platinum MARCOM Award
2. Prof. David Fraser Receives Award from Detroit Zoo
3. Animal Welfare Team Places 4th at Intercollegiate Competition
4. Zaira Petruf, Research Communications, Wine Research Centre
5. Prof. Dan Weary Awarded UBC Killam Research Prize
With a background in arts, environmental education, finance, entrepreneurship and nonprofit organizations, Clare will play a key leadership role in the Centre’s operations, business development, and financial and human resources management.
In October, the Faculty hosted a dialogue exploring how government-sanctioned nutrition experiments have affected the relationship with food, nutrition, and health for survivors of the IRS System.
After completing her PhD in 2006, Frances Flower joined the Whole Foods Market team managing the day-to-day operations of their animal welfare program.