Ten postdoctoral fellows from the University of British Columbia have received 2016-2017 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, out of seventy fellowships awarded nationally. These prestigious fellowships provide each researcher with $70,000 each year for two years, to support research that will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social, and research-based growth.
Laura Vang Rasmussen, under the supervision of Jeanine Rhemtulla in the Landscapes and Livelihoods lab, will research the relation between agricultural intensification and expansion and dietary quality.
Across the planet, intensification and expansion of agriculture are rapidly increasing. Although the very point of agricultural intensification and expansion is to create more food to reduce hunger, paradoxically the two processes may lead to reduced food security. This is because 1) intensification often replaces subsistence crops with cash crops and reduces food crop diversity, and 2) expansion is the leading cause of forest loss, which can shrink wild food availability. Despite these potential repercussions for rural people’s food security, rhetoric in food security policy has focused on high yields as the solution to perennially rising food demands while leaving the role of low-yielding subsistence crops and forests relatively unexplored.
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