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UBC News: Guilt-free holiday eating


Kara Vogt, a registered dietitian and dietetics education coordinator in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, offers tips and recipe ideas for having a jolly—and healthy—holiday season.
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Vancouver Sun: (Opinion) Why Site C must be stopped

Posted: December 18, 2014 | Keywords: , , ,

In an op-ed to the Vancouver Sun, LFS alumna and instructor Wendy Holm argues that the Site C dam will flood prime farmland that could produce vegetables for a million people.

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Vancouver Sun: Vancouver’s native soil ‘too contaminated to grow in,’ SoleFood founder warns

Posted: December 17, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

A recently published study found soil from a community garden on a busy thoroughfare and from a vacant brownfield on the Downtown Eastside contained elevated levels of potentially toxic metals, including zinc and lead.

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Western Producer: Gov’t support for animal welfare research shrinks

Posted: December 11, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

Research that is focused on food animal welfare is suffering from reduced federal funding and limited capacity, a group dedicated to farmed animal welfare was told Nov. 24. Canada has about 20 scientists doing research on various aspects of farm animal welfare, almost all of them at universities. Most of them spend less than half […]

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UBC News: Guilt-free holiday eating

Posted: December 11, 2014 | Keywords: ,

Kara Vogt, a registered dietitian and dietetics education coordinator in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, offers tips and recipe ideas for having a jolly—and healthy—holiday season.

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Salmon Arm Observer: Kilmartin and Thunderbirds top nationals

Posted: December 3, 2014 | Keywords: ,

LFS student Sandra Kilmartin, a cross-country runner on the UBC Thunderbirds team helped to claim the championship title at the 35th National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Cross Country Championship in Lawrence, Kansas on Nov. 22.

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Elevated toxic metals at community garden site raise concerns: UBC research

Posted: December 2, 2014 | Keywords: ,

In research outlined last month in the Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, lead author Gladys Oka detected elevated levels of zinc and lead in soil from a community garden site at 16th Avenue and Oak Street.

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CBC Vancouver: The environmental costs of “low emission” vehicles (video)

Posted: December 1, 2014 | Keywords: , , ,

Hydrogen fuel cells are gaining popularity in the field of "low emission" vehicles. But what is the true environmental impact of life cycle of these cars? Prof. Sumeet Gulati explains.

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UBC Climate Station Tracks Weather Changes for over 50 years

Posted: November 28, 2014 | Keywords: , ,

For over 50 years, atmospheric data tracked by UBC's climate station has been used by researchers and students to monitor local weather, growth conditions, climate statistics and climate change on campus.

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The Thunderbird: B.C. organic farmers team up to solve seed scarcity

Posted: November 26, 2014 | Keywords: ,

When Mel Sylvestre was just starting out as a young organic farmer on Vancouver Island, she got her first customers hooked on purple tomatillos. “My mission after that was to learn how to save seeds but also to create a system where B.C. seed growers could sell to producers,” said Sylvestre, who now manages the Seed Hub at UBC Farm.

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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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