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Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

ISFS is an applied research and extension unit at KPU that investigates and supports regional food systems as key elements of sustainable communities. We focus predominantly on British Columbia but also extend our programming to other regions.

Our applied research focuses on the potential of regional food systems in terms of agriculture and food, economics, community health, policy, and environmental integrity. Our extension programming provides information and support for farmers, communities, business, policy makers, and others. Community collaboration is central to our approach.


Recent Projects and News from the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems


October 17th, 2018- New publication from ISFS analyzing current local government food system in BC: Municipal policy enabling regional food systems in British Columbia, Canada: Assessing focal areas and gaps. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 

October 15th, 2018- The ISFS is hiring! We're are looking for an economist (Master of Phd) who is passionate about regional food system to join this incredible team. See Job Opportunities for more details.

October 1st, 2018 - Lecture with Steven Druker, "Genetically Engineered Foods and the Chronic Misrepresentation of Facts: The Biggest but Most Overlooked Issue in Bioethics"
KPU Richmond Campus Melville Conference Centre, 7-9PM

August 8-10th, 2018 - Place Based Food Systems Conference 

March 5th, 2018 - White Paper: Protection is Not Enough: Policy Precedents to Increase the Agricultural Land Use of BC's Farmland. Download the White Paper