June 18th is World Sustainable Gastronomy Day – A day that emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that we play in reducing our carbon footprint by closing the Earth’s carrying capacity gap through healthy and sustainable food practices.
The UN originated this day to acknowledge how reducing food waste, increasing plant-based diets, and growing locally can achieve sustainable development by promoting:
- agricultural development
- food security
- sustainable food production
- conservation of biodiversity
BCIT, in partnership with Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver Island University (VIU), and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) launched the Nourishing Innovation: Campus Nutrition and Food Security Contest. This contest was open to all current students at SFU, BCIT, UNBC, and VIU to develop innovative solutions to enable equitable access to nutritious, sustainable, and culturally sensitive food for all students on campus.
Four teams from BCIT have advanced to the next phase of the contest where they will pitch their solutions online June 28th.
- Fresh Food for All
- Guardians of Ghrelin
- Tatti Food Team
- The Garden Buddies
Check out their video contest entries. The winning solution (or combination of the winning solution plus runner-ups) will be implemented at the partner institutions in Fall 2021.