Eating less beef, more plants can be a gradual change, experts say

TORONTO — New recommendations urging a drastic reduction in the amount of meat Canadians eat would require support from industry and government to achieve, say nutrition and food experts who suggest individuals start by making small changes in their diet.

A report by the Stockholm-based non-profit EAT says people should be eating much fewer eggs, meat and fish and next to no sugar.

The study, published Wednesday by the medical journal Lancet, represents a big shift that could be hard for many Canadians to stomach: it recommends about 100 grams of red meat per week when Canadians on average eat about 90 grams per day, says University of Guelph nutrition professor Jess Haines.


Click here to continue reading and find out what Lenore Newman, professor at UFV, has to say about eating less beef.


*Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:42PM EST 

New Sessional Instructor

Introducing Rachel Chapman, a new sessional instructor to the GATE department this winter semester. Rachel attended UFV and completed her BA in Geography before travelling to the University of Western Australia where she completed her PhD.

She will be teaching GEOG 240 and GEOG 311 for us this winter semester. Read more about Rachel on the UFV GATE website.

We are excited to have you on board Rachel!

Rachel Chapman

Geography 452 – Advanced Field Methods and Techniques

Winter 2019 Schedule

Interested in Climate Change Adaptation in BC’s Agricultural Sector?

GEOG 452 will cover climate change adaptations of agricultural practices.

As one of the course requirements, students will attend the 2019 BC Agriculture and Climate Change Research Education Series occurring on

February 28th , March 7th, March 14th, and March 21st
from 6:30-8:30 pm


Education Series Information

Participants will learn about climate change adaptation in British Columbia via presentations by professionals currently working in the field and have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussion


Educational Themes:

Climate change projections in agricultural regions across BC and implications for the sector

Climate change adaptation planning

The role of applied research for climate change adaptation

Knowledge transfer and extension strategies for applied climate change research

GEOG 312 – Field Trip Adventures

The GEOG 312 class travelled to the BC Interior October 5th – 6th, exploring human-environment relations of our colonial past and our transformation to a globally-integrated capitalist economy. A few highlights include: (1) exploring Alexandra Provincial Park, discussing power dynamics between colonial officials and First Nations communities, and their varied understandings of the environment and development; (2) an informative talk by Robin Strong, Xaxli’p Community Forest Manager, and a visit to an eco-cultural restoration site; and (3) an awe-inspiring visit to the Highland Valley Copper mine and tailings pond. The class particularly enjoyed our visit with Robin and are thankful for her time and knowledge shared. After the visit Robin wrote indicating: “I wanted to say how impressed I was by your class, and thank you for coming to visit us. Your course is like, “lets bring up all the controversial subjects and think about them.” I was inspired by your student’s convictions, enthusiasm, and ideas. Thank-you for taking on the task of tackling such a broad topic, which really is about critical thinking, and deep thinking. And thank you to the students for sharing their ideas with me.”


Hope new affordable housing will draw more people to Chilliwack

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CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) – It’s not just about drawing more Metro Vancouver commuters to the Fraser Valley.

That’s what the mayor of Chilliwack is saying about plans to revitalize her city’s downtown core.

Sharon Gaetz says the goal is to make Chilliwack a place more people want to call home — without compromising the resources responsible for growth in the past.

“It really is preparing to have at least another 134 families move in to our area, so we’re limited by the kind of development we can have because of farmland,” she says. “Preserve the farmland. One in five jobs is directly related to agriculture, so there are limited areas for people to actually move into, so a lot of the development that we’re seeing is a re-development and in-fill development.”

She says Chilliwack is a community that boasts a lot of “natural amenities”, like Cultus Lake, mountains and rivers. “So we are seeing a lot of people relocate.”

Gaetz doesn’t see growth slowing down any time soon — but she admits it is slower than she would like to see.

“Downtowns have been very difficult for most communities to revitalize because they’re so complex. So much about downtown is about shopping patterns, and downtowns used to be the place where everybody went to buy their retail. So what we have determined in our consultations with economic advisers and real estate gurus is that we needed to redevelop the downtown to have a mix of retail and residences.”

An associate professor of geography at the University of the Fraser Valley — Cherie Enns — says it’s also important to make sure new growth happens at a sustainable pace.

“Focus on ways to create more employment opportunities, alternative forms of work and to really address the environmental issues that can come through increasing commuting.”

She adds another goal should be to draw more millenials to Chilliwack.

“They may be the ones that are beginning to have children. They’re the ones often seen as more innovative and creative.”

Enns says a recent study showed millennials consider Chilliwack and the Township of Langley one of Canada’s five worst cities to live.