By Aaron Yeung, Staff Writer
Amidst a hectic Sauder week, Chew on This 2013 mustered up seven successful functions over a three-day period. The event, a collaborative effort by Common Energy, Oxfam UBC, and Sauder’s own CUS Sustainability, was intended to increase general campus awareness on the topics of food security and sustainability. UBC Sprouts kicked off as the first item on the proverbial menu with a workshop on “The Journey of Your Food,” which detailed what happens to food before it’s consumed by humans. The same day ended with a delectable banquet – hosted by Oxfam UBC at Hillel House – that featured enlightening conversations and live demonstrations of food consumption.
Day two began with a booth in conjuncture with UBC’s Fair-Trade Week. Inquiring individuals had a chance to learn about food issues such as local sourcing, food security, and fair trade. The afternoon portion of the event teed off with an intimate midday story time featuring the founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. Zhena, who initially practiced aromatherapy with her son, spoke of her fair-trade business and how modern sustainability means more than just profit or ethicality. Rather, it’s the new framework of our future’s business.
As light faded and hunger grew, the night proceeded into a festive BBQ at MacMillan. A social-media hunt was prepared for Valentine’s Day, with the winner receiving a gift basket of little goodies. A fun chocolate-making workshop concluded the event. A fair-trade flash mob, originally intended for the same week, was postponed due to midterms. It was a bite more than students could chew.