Issue 27 | Spring 2017

The Science Behind a Good Bottle of Wine

“Science can provide growers with research that can help them improve the quality of their fruit, which will ultimately result in a better tasting wine.”

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A Message from the Dean

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is uniquely positioned to deal with many of the most concerning global food systems issues. Through teaching, research and service, we contribute to a healthier environment and a better understanding of the relationship between food, diet, nutrition and health.

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm Receives $500,000 From Vancity

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm received $500,000 from Vancity’s enviro™ Visa program, the enviroFund™ in support of a proposed food and beverage pilot processing facility.


LFS Animal Welfare Alumni Come Together to Create Wildlife Accreditation Program

Three UBC Animal Welfare Program alumni have joined forces to create an accreditation program that will encourage wildlife and rodent control companies to make ethical decisions when controlling wildlife populations.


Undergraduate Student’s Research Yields Big Results

“As a student in LFS, I’m able to take what I’m learning in the classroom and apply it in the field. I learned about sustainable farming and then walked over to UBC Farm and experienced it first-hand.


Master of Food Science Alum Opens Local Brewery

The goal of opening your own brewery might be enough for some people, but Mauricio Lozano has taken it one step further, by creating a more open environment for beer drinkers of all levels, and in turn growing the craft beer industry in Vancouver.


George Iwama, Vice-Dean, Aquaculture and Strategic Initiatives

As a fish physiologist, George is interested in sustainable food production systems involving aquaculture and aquaponics, integrated with renewable energy systems.


Former LFS Student Helps Create Student Run Rooftop Garden

The rooftop features a large circular space of freshly turned earth and budding greens – a community garden at the very heart of the UBC Vancouver campus.



  • Mahesh Upadhyaya Made Fellow by Indian Society of Weed Science
  • AMS Just Desserts Award
  • LFS Grad Student Wins 3 Minute Thesis Competition
  • George Iwama Named Chancellor of Qwest University Canada
  • Animal Welfare Researchers Receive 2016 3Rs prize
  • UBC Animal Welfare Team Takes First in Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging & Assessment Competition
  • Peter Larkin Award Given to Master of Food and Resource Economics Program
  • Crystal Karakochuk Receives International Life Sciences Institute Award
  • UBC Health Recognizes LFS, Dentistry and SuperChefs Team with the 2016 Practice Education Team Award
  • UBC Dairy Research Centre Housing is name 10-best residential projects of 2016 by Azure magazine


Food Science Research Could Lead to a More Pest-Resistant Potato Plant

The potato is an integral part of the food supply for much of the world, and if the plant dies to disease there can be drastic consequences. But what if this could be prevented?

Growing Local: the BC Seed Trials

You might know where the veggies on your table come from, but do you know where the seeds are grown? It’s a question even most farmers can’t answer, but the BC Seed Trials aim to show the impact of using local seeds.


Dairy Farmers Should Rethink a Cow’s Curfew, says UBC Researchers

Research from professors in our Animal Welfare Program suggests dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free.

Faculty Profile: Crystal Karakochuk

“Nutrition has always been an important aspect of my life” says Crystal Karakochuk, now an Assistant Professor in the Food, Nutrition, and Health department in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.