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UBC expert makes the case for eating insects
UBC Land and Food Systems researcher Yasmin Akhtar says bugs are nutritious, sustainable and delicious. At an insect-tasting event and lecture September 26, she’ll serve up crickets and other bugs that she says aren’t hard to swallow.

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Fresh Food for Thought

Posted: October 23, 2014 | Keywords: ,

Rickey Yada, the new dean of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems sheds light on genetically modified foods, juicing, and why canned fruits and vegetables can sometimes be more nutritious than fresh produce.

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The Globe and Mail: Future of B.C. farming in question as land policy changes

Posted: October 22, 2014 | Keywords: , , , ,

This year, the B.C. Liberal government overhauled the ALR for the first time, creating two zones that will make it easier for non-agricultural development on protected farmland outside the most productive regions. The provincial government says the changes will enhance agriculture because they will allow farmers more options to supplement their incomes, but critics fear […]

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Globe and Mail: Campus eating beyond fast food or the meal plan

Posted: October 21, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

To better provide for, and educate, students at the University of British Columbia, an on-campus farm was instituted, complete with thrice-weekly farmers markets to provide fresh, locally sourced and sustainable food to the students, and local residents, around UBC’s Vancouver campus.

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The Future of Food… Bugs?

Posted: October 17, 2014 | Keywords:

For many of us here at UBC, bugs are considered creepy, crawly and even pests. However, this may not be the whole story. In fact, UBC Land and Food Systems Researcher Yasmin Akhtar says that bugs are sustainable, delicious and nutritious.

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Borrowing the Farm

Posted: October 16, 2014 | Keywords:

Young BC farmers who don’t own land and don’t have enough money to buy a farm are finding creative ways to get their hands on the acreage they need.

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Vancouver Sun: B.C.’s dairy farmers milk genomics to thin the herd

Posted: October 16, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

Genomic analysis could allow B.C. dairies to predict which calves will become elite milkers, with the promise of huge savings for farmers who don’t have to raise inferior cows that will ultimately be made into hamburgers and bologna. Using cells recovered from hair samples taken from young heifers, veterinarian Martin Darrow and University of B.C. animal reproduction biologist Ronaldo Cerri can examine 12,000 genetic markers in each animal’s DNA to determine which are most likely to be elite milk producers.

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Comox Valley Record: Business brisk for The Birds and Beans at farmers’ market

Posted: October 15, 2014 | Keywords: , , ,

The Birds and the Beans farm launched in the spring of 2013. This fall and winter you’ll see farmers Foster Richardson, Kelsey Knoll, Natasha Tymo, and Jay Baker-French selling winter crops: kale, cabbages, rutabagas, winter squash, celeriac, lots of squash, potatoes, and dried beans. “Grain crops and dried beans are a big hole in our local food system,” says Richardson. “Our goal is to rebuild that capacity locally.”

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The Tyee: ‘Food Doesn’t Come from a Grocery Store’

Posted: October 15, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

On a sunny but blustery late May morning, Doug Palylyk's Grade 4/5 class begins in an atypical classroom: a greenhouse on the University of British Columbia farm, 24 hectares of land located on the south end of the Point Grey campus.

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CBC News: Exotic snakes, lizards being abandoned in B.C.

Posted: October 14, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

More and more exotic animals like snakes and lizards are being dumped around the Lower Mainland and being left with the SPCA, says a local veterinarian.

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Vancouver Sun: California drought pushes local food prices higher

Posted: October 10, 2014 | Keywords: , , , ,

Continued drought affecting California’s productive Central Valley could push the prices of some fruits and vegetables in B.C. grocery stores up 34 per cent this year, according to a new study commissioned by Vancity.

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The Globe and Mail: Without national strategy, local food producers struggle to stem Canada’s growing hunger problem

Posted: October 8, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

Canada does not have a national food policy, despite indications that food security is worsening in some parts of the country. According to a recent report, Household Food Insecurity in Canada, 2012, four million people in Canada, including one million children, experienced some degree of food insecurity in 2012. The problem is most severe in Nunavut, […]

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Penticton Western News: AgSci alum Barkwill wants a seat on Summerland council

Posted: October 7, 2014 | Keywords:

With a background in business and agriculture, Richard Barkwill believes he can help the community grow by earning a seat on council.

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