Issue 28 | Fall 2017

Canadian Children Don’t Eat Enough Vegetables, Fruit and Dairy Products During School Hours

“Before this study, nobody in Canada had looked at actual differences in dietary intake patterns between school hours and non-school hours.”

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A Message from the Dean

In the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, our areas of focus —urban agriculture, food, nutrition and health and food safety and quality — encompass some of the most critical issues that many communities around the world are facing.

The Global Graduate: How a Land and Food Systems alum is wielding her degree around the world

Choosing UBC was an easy decision for LFS alumna and Ontario native Sara Amadi.


Blazing a Trail: LFS Alumna Reflects on Distinguished Alumni Grandfather

“He got a kick out of the fact that I was going to be an ‘Aggie’ like him”


LFS Researchers Receive $1.8 Million in Funding for Greenhouse Gas Project

Drs. Andy Black, Sean Smukler, Rachhpal Jassal and Maja Krzic will measure the greenhouse gas emissions from blueberry, potato and forage crops on farms in BC’s Lower Fraser Valley.


Barbara Stefanska, Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health

“It’s a wonderful feeling when you see something interesting in your results that might eventually help people.”


Yangfan Zhang

“In the future, catching wild fish won’t be sustainable, so fish grown in hatchery conditions will become increasingly necessary in order to meet demand.”


Jeffrey Kwok, Outreach and Community Engagement Intern, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

Jeffrey’s role includes creating, delivering, and facilitating educational curricula about food system sustainability to school age children and youth.


Preparing UBC graduates for the food systems workplace

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) launched a new wave of LFS Career Development Internships (LFS 496) in 2016, as a way to increase student access to for-credit, mentored learning experiences with a food business or organization.



  • Dean Rickey Yada Receives Honourary Degree from University of Guelph
  • Vivien Measday Awarded Les Dames D’Escoffier
  • Journal of Dairy Science Club 100 Honours Profs. Marina von Keyserlingk and Dan Weary
  • Professor Jim Vercammen Receives Canadian Agricultural Economics Society Fellowship
  • Crystal Karakochuk Lead Author on New Book Concerning Early-Life Development
  • Food Science PhD Student Awarded Killam Doctoral Scholarship
  • Chris McGill Awarded UBC President’s Awards for Staff
  • UBC Alumni Builder Awards
  • UFAW Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare
  • Martin Hilmer Retires


Anubhav Pratap Singh, Assistant Professor, Food Processing

Dr. Singh is exploring alternate technologies for food processing based on light, sound, pressure or electrical energies which could provide the same level of food safety as traditional thermal methods, but with better nutritive value.

Frederick Noack, Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics

“I began asking myself questions that were not easy to answer: how can we become richer and make the world a better place without destroying the environment? How can we reduce poverty without destroying the environment?”