Please note that our programming is currently being delivered online only.
Our Land, Food & You program supports teachers in fostering student interest in local and global food-system issues as they relate to BC high school curriculum. This program introduces students to LFS degree programs while providing insight into the student experience. Our outreach team of LFS students will work with you to customize a learning experience that best suits you and your students: a combination of a UBC Farm tour, a Faculty info presentation, or an interactive workshop.
If you want a remote, hands-on learning experience for your students, let our LFS Student Ambassadors work with you to leverage our Faculty’s expertise in topics including food security, climate change, and nutrition to engage students in online workshops and experiences that relate BC high school curriculum to what students can learn in our four LFS degree programs.
Considerations of Canada’s Food Guide
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 high school students to connect their learning and critically evaluate Canada’s Food Guide from a multidisciplinary Land and Food Systems perspective.
Climate Change & Staple Foods
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. Decreased staple crops will have a domino effect on food production and supply chains. Equally as detrimental, decreased staple crops will also affect the nutrition and survival for many people in lower income countries. This workshop expands high school students’ global understanding on climate change with a Land and Food Systems perspective.
COVID-19 & Food Systems
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 COVID-19. The response in Western countries has been controversial, especially with race, food marketing and vitamin C. This workshop will allow your students to critically explore the speculated agricultural origins of COVID-19 and the world’s response with a Land and Food Systems perspective.
Exploring Supply Management of Canadian Dairy
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 the price of milk.
Evaluating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
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? This workshop allows high school students to critically evaluate GMOs from a multidisciplinary Land and Food Systems perspective that is also relevant to their course curriculum.
Indigenous way of Living – Health barriers in Canada
Indigenous ways of living, knowing and being are being neglected from Western culture. Western ways of farming encourage productivity, outcompeting traditional ways of farming, and leaving the land barren. Indigenous peoples are restricted from obtaining their cultural foods, and then treated unequally in society and in healthcare systems. What can we do about this? This workshop will allow high school students to analyze racial inequities within a local context and a multidisciplinary Land and Food Systems perspective.
Behind the Scenes of Global Agribusiness
Why are your bananas so cheap? Global agribusinesses are competing for the lowest prices. In doing so, Indigenous ways of living are collapsing in Mexico, Brazil, Philippines, and other tropical areas. The cost of bananas are traded at the cost of human rights, health, and environment. This workshop will allow high school students to connect their learning and critically evaluate global agribusinesses and their impact on Indigenous ways of living with a Land and Food Systems perspective.