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One drop will do: UBC researchers develop simple new test for vitamin B12 deficiency
Researchers at the University of British Columbia 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.

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UBC Grad Student Brings an Innovative Approach to Soil Science Education

Posted: November 18, 2014 | Keywords: ,

UBC masters student Darrell Hoffman is taking on the task of making soil science education more accessible and engaging for students, researchers and educators everywhere

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National Geographic: Animal Myths From Around the World

Posted: November 17, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

David Fraser, an animal expert at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, answers questions about animal myths from National Geographic readers.

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Enhancing Bee Habitat at the UBC Farm

Posted: November 14, 2014 | Keywords: ,

It’s no secret that a widespread decline of the world’s bee populations is underway and that it poses a very real threat to our food security. This decline has been linked to pesticide use, changes in land use, and loss of biodiversity. Close to home, the local loss of natural vegetation, due to urban development coupled with agricultural land use, can effect farm biodiversity, including bee populations.

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The Globe and Mail: Why insects may be the best way to feed the planet

Posted: November 11, 2014 | Keywords: ,

Yasmin Akhtar is a researcher and a good cook. That combination serves her well when promoting the joy of eating insects, or entomophagy. A research associate at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, she can rattle off the nutritional benefits of insects and then whip them into dishes ranging from chocolate cricket bark to lentil soup.

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The Globe and Mail: Shifts in diet raise meaty issues

Posted: November 11, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

“It appears to be the most universal law of anthropology that as people get richer, they do two things – eat meat and drive cars,” says David Fraser, an animal welfare expert and program director in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. “Neither of which is great for the environment.”

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The Globe and Mail: Is this sci-fi beverage the future of food?

Posted: November 10, 2014 | Keywords: , , ,

Dr. Gwen Chapman, a professor of food, nutrition and health at the University of British Columbia, said she isn’t surprised that men seem drawn to Soylent. “Food is very gendered,” she said. Outside the male-dominated fine-dining scene, everyday menu planning, food shopping and meal preparation continue to be a largely women’s domain, “so this reductionist science-and-numbers approach – I can see it appealing more to men,” she said.

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Mongolian-style yurt is a unique and sustainable addition to UBC Farm

Posted: November 7, 2014 | Keywords: ,

A 65-square-metre yurt–a circular, semi-permanent tent-like structure common to Mongolia and other parts of Central Asia–now sits on the grounds of the UBC Farm. A rare sight at a university, not to mention an urban setting, the centuries-old design of these collapsible bent wood structures is simple, smart and sustainable.

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The Scientist: To Kill a Lab Rat

Posted: November 4, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

Some institutions are changing their protocols for rodent euthanasia, as research finds there may be more humane methods.

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Gizmag: Researchers develop new B12 testing kit

Posted: November 4, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry is used to measure the amount of methylmalonic acid (MMA) in the compound, an indicator of a person’s B12 level. The research team says the test is sensitive enough for most people, even newborn babies.

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Dietetics alumna’s gleaning project engages community

Posted: November 3, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

Life is a juggling act for Casey Hamilton: Social entrepreneur. Anti-poverty advocate. Urban sustainability activist. Dietitian. Backyard fruit harvester. Two years ago, she founded the Okanagan Tree Fruit Project, salvaging the excess production from backyard fruit trees.

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Global BC: Kelowna grad student helps feed the community

Posted: November 3, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

UBC Okanagan grad student Casey Hamilton salvages excess production from backyard fruit trees, turning otherwise wasted fruit into valuable sources of food for the community. Hamilton does this through an initiative she founded called the Okanagan Tree Fruit Project.

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Food Science Alum Creates SIPsoda

Posted: November 2, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

Not many people can list gourmet ice cream bar consultant on their resume, but that’s just one of the interesting job titles food scientist Jennifer Martin has had over the course of her career.

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