Curious if an LFS program is right for you? Interested in learning about the academic and social experiences of current students? We’re here to help! Explore our degree programs, meet LFS students and learn more about what makes this Faculty so special by attending a flagship event, joining our Fall Virtual Workshop Series, requesting a scheduled workshop for your class or school group, or connecting with a current student peer-to-peer via Zoom. Stay connected so you don’t miss out on any events, and to learn more about what’s happening in LFS by following us on Instagram and Twitter
Taste of LFS was a week-long virtual series of interactive workshops, presentations and social media content for anyone interested in applying to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) at UBC. Thanks to all of those who participated – we enjoyed meeting students from around the world. We plan on making recordings of many of our exciting sessions available online, so check back soon for an update.
Fall Virtual Workshop Series
If you are looking for a university program where you can combine your academic and personal interests, study and collaborate on solutions to address local and global challenges, and want to learn more about what the LFS student experience is like, our Fall Virtual Workshop Series is for you.
What are they? LFS Student Ambassadors Bryna, Lucy and Melanie will be hosting virtual interactive workshops on current issues that matter to you.
What will you learn? Each workshop will highlight the connections each topic has to the different programs in LFS, and Bryna, Lucy, and Melanie will share the value they’ve gained in understanding issues from different perspectives and learning from peers in different disciplines.
Who are these for? These workshops are specifically designed for all high school students, regardless of your academic background – if you want to learn, share and engage, we invite you to join us!
How can you join? To join our weekly workshops, click the links below during the posted times, and you’ll be brought to our Zoom virtual waiting room. Missed a workshop? We’ll record each workshop and post a link to the recording, when ready.
The new Canadian Food Guide has been impactful in its approach. It promotes more plant-based alternatives, and in doing so, it has removed the dairy and alternatives food group. What impact does this have on nutrition, food markets, and farmers? Furthermore, is eating more plant-based a sustainable recommendation for people living in northern Canada? This workshop allows you to connect your learning and critically evaluate Canada’s Food Guide from a multidisciplinary Land and Food Systems perspective.
Climate change is occurring and its impacts are multifaceted. Climate change impacts staple crops (i.e. corn) through decreased irrigation efficiency, soil erosion, droughts and floods, and more. A decrease in staple crops will have a domino effect on food production and supply chains. Equally as detrimental, a decrease in staple crops will also affect the nutrition and survival for many people in lower income countries. This workshop expands your global understanding of climate change, and explores the different ways in which our food system is impacted.
COVID-19 is speculated to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China. Wet markets are part of the culture, providing opportunities for small-scale farmers, as well as affordable produce and meats for locals. However, large corporations force competition for increased productivity, leading to the unregulated and crowded environment that is hypothesized to have led to the spread of COVID-19. The response in Western countries has been controversial on topics related to race, food marketing and the use of vitamin C as a cure-all. This workshop will allow you to critically explore the speculated agricultural origins of COVID-19 and the world’s response with a Land and Food Systems perspective.
Indigenous ways of knowing and living has become a valuable source of information for scientists such as climatologists, ecologists, pharmacologists, and biologists to inform their research. In this workshop, we will be working through a case study to find solutions to cultural food restrictions for Indigenous communities. How can we be more involved as students to learn about Indigenous history in Canada and incorporate their valuable knowledge in our modern fields of Science?
GMOs are a controversial topic in mainstream media. But what are they, and what does it mean when food is labelled “GMO”? Are they safe and nutritious to eat? What impact do they have on our environment and traditional farming? Are they really as bad as media seems to make them? In this workshop, you will learn how to critically evaluate GMOs from a multidisciplinary Land and Food Systems perspective that is also relevant to your high school course curriculum.
What does an economic system have to do with public nutrition, animal welfare, and producer livelihoods? In this workshop, you will learn about supply management: Canada’s controversial policy framework that controls the price and production of poultry and dairy products, and how it affects more than just the price of milk.
Why are your bananas so cheap? Explore global agribusiness practices by evaluating banana cultivation in Guatemala, where the low price of bananas comes with consequences for human rights, and the health of individuals and the environment. In this workshop, you will critically evaluate global agribusinesses practices and their impact on Indigenous ways of living with a Land and Food Systems perspective.