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Capital Press: “Ag gag” laws reduce public trust

Posted: Tue March 15, 2016 | Keywords: ,

Criminalizing secret recordings of agricultural operations is more likely to breed suspicion of farmers than to shield their public image, a recent study found. So-called “ag gag” laws, which prohibit hidden-camera filming and obtaining employment under false pretenses, substantially reduce trust in agriculture among U.S. consumers, according to researchers from the University of British Columbia. (read more)

Capital Press: Extension agent dives into field crop research

Posted: Thu March 10, 2016 | Keywords: , ,

Nearly two years after Clare Sullivan [BSc GRS ’07] started as an Oregon State University Extension field crops agent for Linn, Benton and Polk counties in the Willamette Valley, she has not lost her Canadian accent — or her enthusiasm for helping growers through research. (read more)

Vancouver Sun: Is your picky child just being a jerk?

Posted: Mon March 7, 2016 | Keywords: , ,

Children learn very early that they wield tremendous power over their parents based on what they will or will not put in their mouths. If you find yourself locked in a power struggle with a toddler, does that make you a lousy parent? (read more)

Edmonton Journal: Audience eats up Edmonton dietitian’s advice

Posted: Sun March 6, 2016 | Keywords: , ,

When Robin Arora-Desilet was a kid, she would always hassle her dad, who has diabetes, about what he was eating. “I was very aggressive with my father as a child. I was like, ‘Why are you eating this? Why are you eating that?’” Arora-Desilet recalls. “Now I know you have to let people make their […] (read more)

CBC Radio: On the Coast

Posted: Thu March 3, 2016 | Keywords: , , ,

Associate Professor Carol McAusland spoke with CBC Radio’s Stephen Quinn regarding why the proposed Senate tax on sugary drinks will do little to curb obesity rates in Canada. (Dr. McAusland’s segment begins at 2:05:51). (read more)

UBC News: Hitting the Sweet Spot

Posted: Mon February 29, 2016 | Keywords: , , ,

For some people, their morning coffee or tea just isn’t complete without a few sugar cubes, a packet of artificial sweetener or spoonful of honey. But which choice really hits the sweet spot for your health? (read more)

CKNW News Radio: Wood Pulp Found in Parmesan Cheese

Posted: Wed February 24, 2016 | Keywords: , ,

Professor Chris Scaman spoke with CKNW’s Jill Bennett on Sunday regarding a recent Bloomberg Business article that found, “some grated Parmesan suppliers have been mislabeling products by filling them with too much cellulose, a common anti-clumping agent made from wood pulp, or using cheaper cheddar, instead of real Romano.” (read more)

Modern Agriculture: On the Yeast Trail: Genomic Research in Vineyards

Posted: Tue February 23, 2016 | Keywords: , ,

A research project partly funded by Genome BC allows Dr. Vivien Measday, Associate Professor at the UBC Wine Research Centre, and her graduate student Jay Martiniuk to work with Dumayne and other growers and vintners. (read more)

BC BookWorld: ISLFS Grad Student Shortlisted for Literary Prize

Posted: Tue February 23, 2016 | Keywords: , ,

Chris Hergesheimer was hand-milling flour at Sechelt’s Farmer’s Market when he came up with a simple idea: build a bicycle-based mill. It would speed up the milling process and would give his arms and hands a well-deserved rest. (read more)

Kamloops This Week: Mercury count in Jacko Lake trout above recommended levels

Posted: Tue February 16, 2016 | Keywords: , ,

Murray Isman, PhD toxicologist and entomologist at UBC: “The data in the report show the Hg (mercury) levels in muscle (the only part of the fish that most people eat) of trout from Jacko Lake averaging 0.06 mg/kg, below the acceptable level (0.1 mg/kg if you eat 200g per week — about half a pound, a […] (read more)

Williams Lake Tribune: Ranching and the general welfare of animals

Posted: Thu February 11, 2016 | Keywords: ,

This week a local veterinary clinic and medical suppliers teamed up to thank their customers (ranchers) for their business. This rancher appreciation night, organized by the Williams Lake Veterinary Clinic, featured a speaker from the University of British Columbia, Dr. Nina von Keyserlingk, who is one of three key people at UBC in the Faculty […] (read more)

Fitness Magazine: Should You Give Up Dairy to Lose Weight?

Posted: Tue February 9, 2016 | Keywords: ,

Here’s a surprising statistic: One in 10 millennials are vegan, according to to a report in Nutrition Business Journal. Call it a lifestyle or call it an elimination diet—either way, it’s picking up steam due in part to backers like Beyoncé, and even Khloé Kardashian, [who] recently claimed that she lost 11 pounds just by cutting […] (read more)