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The sustainable tomato

I love teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I have so many colleagues (students, too) who explain the mysteries of the world to me. In today’s Canada’s National Observer, for instance, Dr. Michael Bomford, who teaches in my school’s prestigious Sustainable Agriculture program, clues me in on the topic of tomato provenance:

“A tomato grown in a Mexican field and trucked north is about six times more climate-friendly than one raised in a Canadian gas-heated greenhouse.” How come? “In B.C., we’ve opted to use Dutch-style heated greenhouse systems … extremely high-yielding systems if you look at the output per square meter of the greenhouse itself. The problem, of course, is that the energy input that is going into that system is also massive,” Bomford explains.

“Very often, the argument is made that if we had (more) local heated greenhouses, we’re going to cut down on fossil fuel use associated with trucking or shipping food from distant locations,” he said. “Yet when you run the numbers, you find that the energy and greenhouse gas emissions associated with trucking or shipping is far less than the local production of a product in a heated greenhouse.”

“I think the reality is that it’s going to be hard to find a truly sustainable tomato in January in B.C. or anywhere in Canada,” he said. “But food miles are a poor indicator of sustainability, what I’d like to see is production systems that are truly a part of the place where they exist — and that doesn’t necessarily mean that all our food comes from right next door.”

KPU School of Horticulture FB page

Somehow I missed this

My fine university has an O.R.G.A.S.M. lab. (It’s a clever acronym for Observations and Research in Gender and Sexuality Matters.) Its director and principal investigator, Cory Pedersen, is a really sharp person and a beloved professor and mentor. Here’s a short article published today describing research the lab did on inferences people make regarding body shape and sexual traits.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

One of my province’s “best employers” – again.

No ICE

Several former students of mine work (or have worked) for Vancouver-based Hootsuite. I’ve used Hootsuite Academy materials in my digital-marketing classes at Kwantlen. So I’m very glad the company has terminated its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I imagine social-media managers around the globe would have dropped the platform otherwise – and that some of my students might have abandoned ship as well.

Kwantlen beer

My university’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program, which offers “the only brewing diploma of its kind in BC and [is] the first brewing program in Canada to be recognized by the Master Brewers Association,” seems to have a masterful PR operation going on. I get more news alerts about Kwantlen beer than I do about any other part of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (our horticulture initiatives are right up there, though). Anyways, here’s our new brew (4.2% abv):

Class Act uses boysenberry purée, a new version of Amarillo hop called Lemon Candy, and a brand new hop blend, HS-1228, to create a dry-hopped kettle sour that is loaded with flavour. The massive HS-1228 and Amarillo dry hop additions provide deep pineapple, mango and lemon aromas, while the boysenberry adds a bright red hue and juicy fruit flavour.