EcoHealth

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 86–94 | Cite as

University of British Columbia Food System Project: Towards Sustainable and Secure Campus Food Systems

Profile

Abstract

In this profile article, we report what we consider to be a rich learning experience which intertwines pedagogy and research: a process of community-based action research which has initiated a transition towards the sustainability of the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) food system. We call this initiative the UBC Food System Project (UBCFSP). The UBCFSP is a jointly initiated project between the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the UBC Sustainability Office, and includes nine UBC organizational partners and one collaborator. The project emerged out of the recognition that our global, national, regional, and local food systems are increasingly characterized as socially, ecologically, and economically insecure and unsustainable. As a result, these food systems are experiencing an array of vulnerabilities, particularly those that are demonstrated by profound disruptions in our ecosystem and in a worldwide epidemic of malnutrition. The overall objective of the project is to conduct a campus-wide UBC food system sustainability assessment, where barriers that hinder and opportunities to make transitions towards food system sustainability are being collaboratively identified and implemented. This article is part of a series intending to share the experiences gathered so far through the project. The purpose of this profile is to provide a brief overview of the UBC Food System Project, including the context and significance, both the pedagogical approach and research methods, and some accomplishments to date.

Keywords

sustainability food security food systems transdisciplinary pedagogy and research community-based action research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of British Columbia Food Systems Project, Faculty of Land and Food SystemsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Agroecology Program, Faculty of Land and Food SystemsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, Faculty of Land and Food SystemsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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