(Documentary) No Land, No Food, No Life


Poster for Screening of No Land, No Food, No Life

Thursday March 6th
5.15pm – Documentary: No Land, No Food, No Life
6.45pm – A discussion on issues raised by the documentary, facilitated by Dr. Hannah Wittman
Caseroom 2916, CAWP –  Forest Science Center 2424 Main Mall

‘No Land No Food No Life’ is a hard-hitting film which explores sustainable small scale agriculture and the urgent call for an end to corporate global land grabs. This feature length documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, and vérité footage of communities in Cambodia and Uganda who are fighting to retain control of their land.

This is the second event in a three-part series of film screenings and discussion entitled ‘Imbalances of Power in the World’s Forests’. The events aim to provoke consideration of the links between social and environmental injustices in the world’s forests, and our roles and responsibilities in a globalized world. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Snacks and drinks will be served.

Please RSVP to geeffilm@gmail.com.

Social Justice @UBC Noted Scholars Lecture Series: Dr. Alison Alkon


When: Jan 22, 12–1pm
Where: Jack Bell Building, 2080 West Mall, Room 028
Speaker: Dr. Alison Alkon, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of the Pacific
Title: Black, White and Green: Food Justice, Farmers Markets and the Green Economy

Abstract: This talk will begin by describing the emergent concept of food justice, which is found at the nexus of inequalities and food and agricultural systems. It will lay out some of the guiding questions and theoretical antecedents that have helped to define the field. Next, Alkon will offer an example from her own ethnographic work in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, Alkon compared predominantly black and white farmers markets to better understand the ways that race and class shape the visions and goals that communities assign to sustainable agriculture. From this research she argues that both communities sought to create more just and sustainable food systems, and that efforts to do so were simultaneously inventive and limited by each market’s social location. However, she also describes how economic inequalities pervade both farmers markets in ways that cannot be resolved without broader structural changes. Alkon will draw from this knowledge to comment on the field of food justice research, and to highlight potential directions for new work.

Bio: Alison Alkon is Assistant Professor and Chair, Sociology at the University of the Pacific where she teaches and does research on food, the environment and inequalities of race, class and gender. Alkon’s books include Black, White and Green: Race, Farmers Markets and the Green Economy and Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (co-edited with Julian Agyeman). These works have helped to establish the growing field of Food Justice Studies which explores how inequalities affect food and agricultural systems and how communities and policy makers are responding to these inequalities.

*Lunch will be provided at noon at no cost for those who RSVP: wynn.archibald@ubc.ca

First Annual LFS Graduate Student Conference — Call for Abstracts


The First Annual Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference is currently accepting abstracts for our one-day event on Thursday, November 7. This conference will include a plenary address, and both poster and oral presentations with associated competitions with cash awards.

All graduate students within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems are eligible to present any part of their research. Whether you are preparing to defend, or are just getting started and would like to give a proposal presentation, the floor is yours!

Participation in this event is an ideal way to hone your presentation skills in an open academic environment, prepare for other conferences, and add to your CV. Come share your research alongside other graduate students in our diverse faculty with professors and students from across campus.

More information on this conference, as well as Abstract Submission and Conference Registration is available online.

Abstracts are due by midnight on Monday, October 7, 2013.

Visit the Conference Website | Contact the Conference Organizers

Seeking FarmAde Volunteers


If you’ve never experienced the magic and wonder that is UBC Farm, FarmAde is one of the better ways to do so!

Part of the UBC Alma Mater Society’s FirstWeek events, this free-admission, all-ages event celebrates food, music and community at Vancouver’s unique urban farm!

Of course, if would not be successful without the hard work of many volunteers who donate their time to ensure the success of the event.

FarmAde organizers are still seeking volunteers to shuck corn for the BBQ, sell food and drink tickets, and work the free Bike Valet.

If you’re interested in helping out at the event, please sign up via the online form.

2013-2014 Orientation for New Students


Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | Location:  AGORA – MacMillan Building Lower Level

  • 12:00 – 12:30    Welcome and Introductions
    •   The Dean’s Welcome – Murray Isman
    •   Associate Dean, Graduate Programs Welcome – Dan Weary and/or Nina von Keyserlingk
    •   Welcome from the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies – Jacqui Brinkman
    •   Welcome from the LFS Graduate Student Council – George Furey
    •   Welcome and Introduction to The UBC Farm – Veronik Campbell
    •   Welcome and Introduction to the LFS Graduate Student Office – Shelley Small & Lia Dragan
  • 12:30 – 1:00  Information session and questions
  • 1:00 – 1:30  Information & question session specifically for research-based graduate students

“Welcome new graduate students within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems!  Our Graduate Student Office is here to help you succeed in making the transition to UBC and to the challenges of graduate studies. Please let us know if we can help you at any point during your studies.” Dan Weary & Nina von Keyserlingk, Associate Deans, Graduate Programs – LFS


“Welcome to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.  Our Faculty is home to a broad range of graduate programs, so in turn our graduate students represent a wide spectrum of research and professional areas of interest.  And while this phase of your academic journey provides you with the opportunity to develop your own area of expertise, take advantage of the diversity among you to explore other areas that collectively support our mission – to address fundamental issues around human health, a sustainable food supply and the responsible use of finite land and water resources.  UBC has abundant resources available to enrich your academic and social experience as a graduate student;  take advantage of the opportunities before you.  I wish every one of you success in your chosen field of study and graduate program.” Murray B. Isman, Dean and Professor (Entomology/Toxicology)


“Welcome to graduate studies in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) from the LFS Graduate Student Council. We are your student graduate departmental organization that aims to enrich our graduate experience through peer-lead events and initiatives.

We aim to foster peer involvement and to build and maintain a lively graduate community in our faculty.  Our events and initiatives cover all aspects of graduate life from social events, research and conference attendance, to providing professional development and leadership opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the LFSGSC executive or discovering other leadership opportunities on campus through the UBC Graduate Student Society, then come out to our bi-monthly meetings and stay tuned for upcoming events through email, join us on Facebook, or check our webpage at http://grads.landfood.ubc.ca/. We will be holding elections for all executive positions for the upcoming year. For more information contact George at lfsgrads@gmail.com” George Furey, Co-Chair – LFSGSC