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Food and Agriculture Institute


FAI is an interdisciplinary research centre that focuses on issues, challenges, and sustainability solutions related to food and farm systems. FAI conducts research under two major themes: (1) agricultural technology and innovation, and (2) food systems planning and policy. Below are publications authored/co-authored by FAI researchers that relate to these themes, as well as other publications that more broadly relate to food, culture, and sustainability.

Publications by theme:

Agricultural Technology and Innovation

Food Systems Planning and Policy

Food and Culture

Sustainable Development


Benyam, A., Newell, R., & Glaros, A. (2022). The potential role of vertical agriculture in building sustainable and resilient food systems: Outcomes from a stakeholder focus group. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada.

Evan, F., Kaplan, D., Newman, L., & Yada, R. Y. (Eds.). (2023). Cellular Agriculture: Technology, Society, Sustainability and Science (1st ed.). Elsevier Academic Press. 

Glaros, A., Marquis, S., Major, C., Quarshie, P., Ashton, L., Green, A. G., Kc, K. B., Newman, L., Newell, R., Yada, R., & Fraser, E. D. (2022). Horizon scanning and review of the impact of five food and food production models for the global food system in 2050. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 199, 550-564.

Glaros, A., Newell, R., Benyam, A., Pizzirani, S., & Newman, L. (2024). Vertical agriculture’s potential implications for food system resilience: Outcomes of focus groups in the Fraser Valley, British ColumbiaEcology and Society29(1), art12.

Glaros, A., Newell, R., & Pizzirani, S. (2023). Scenarios for vertical agriculture development in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada.

Glaros, A., Newell, R., Ruder, S-L., Mukiri, J., & Pizzirani, S. (2023). Cellular Agriculture Futures: A survey of public perceptions in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada.

Glaros, A., Newell, R., Fraser, E., & Newman, L. (2023). Socio-economic futures for cellular agriculture: The development of a novel framework. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 7, 970369.

Green, A. G., Abdulai, A. R., Duncan, E., Glaros, A., Campbell, M., Newell, R., Quarshie, P., KC, K. B., Newman, L., Nost, E., & Fraser, E. D. (2021). A scoping review of the digital agricultural revolution and ecosystem services: implications for Canadian policy and research agendas. FACETS, 6(): 1955-1985.

Mendly-Zambo, Z., Powell, L., & Newman, L. (2021). Dairy 3.0: cellular agriculture and the future of milk. Food, Culture & Society, 24(5), 675-693.

Newell, R., Glaros, A., Pizzirani, S., & Newman, L. (2023). The Role of Cellular Agriculture in Sustainable, Resilient and Just Food Systems: An Action Agenda. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, Canada.

Newell, R., Newman, L., Dickson, M., Vanderkooi, B., Fernback, T., & White, C. (2021). Hydroponic fodder and greenhouse gas emissions: A potential avenue for climate mitigation strategy and policy development‌. FACETS, 6(1), 334-357.

Newell, R., Newman, L., & Mendly-Zambo, Z. (2021). The role of incubators and accelerators in the fourth agricultural revolution: A case study of Canada. Agriculture, 11(11), 1066.

Newman, L., Fraser, E., Newell, R., Bowness, E., Newman, K., & Glaros, A. (2023). Chapter 1 - Cellular agriculture and the sustainable development goals. Genomics and the Global Bioeconomy, 3–23. Elsevier.

Newman, L., Newell, R., Dring, C., Glaros, A., Fraser, E., Mendly-Zambo, Z., Green, A. G., & KC, K. B. (2023). Agriculture for the Anthropocene: novel applications of technology and the future of food. Food Security, 15, 613–627.

Newman, L., Newell, R., Mendly-Zambo, Z., & Powell, L. (2021). Bioengineering, telecoupling, and alternative dairy: Agricultural land use futures in the Anthropocene. The Geographical Journal.

Pizzirani, S., Newell, R., Glaros, A., Rahman, S., & Newman, L. (2023). Vertical Farming Innovation: Improving Food Security & Conserving Biodiversity. Amplify 36(3).

Powell, L., Mendly-Zambo, Z., & Newman, L. (2023). Perceptions and acceptance of yeast-derived dairy in British Columbia, Canada. Frontiers Sustainable Food System, 7.


Dring, C., & Newell, R. (2022).  Mapping Food System Impacts, Hazards, and Vulnerabilities in the Fraser Valley Region Workshop: Summary Report.

Dring, C., & Newell, R. (2021). Fraser Valley Food System Vulnerability Workshop: Summary Report.

Ghadiri, M., Isaac, J., & Newell, R. (2022). Exploring food systems in the Comox Valley through a climate-biodiversity-health lens: Preliminary analysis and initial insights.

Harris, G., Nixon, D., Newman, L., & Mullinix, K. (2016). Delineating the Southwest British Columbia bioregion for food system design and planning: A practical approach. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(4), 71-86.

Issac, J., Newell, R., Dring, C., White, C., Ghadiri, M., Pizzirani, S., & Newman, L. (2022). Integrated Sustainability Planning and Local Food Systems: Examining Areas of and Gaps in Food Systems Integration in Community Sustainability Plans for Municipalities across British Columbia. Sustainability, 14(11), 6724.

Newell, R., & Dale, A. (2020). COVID-19 and climate change: An integrated perspective. Cities & Health, 1-5.

Newell, R., Dale, A., & Lister, N.-M. (2022). An integrated climate-biodiversity framework to improve planning and policy: an application to wildlife crossings and landscape connectivity. Ecology and Society, 27(1), 23.

Newell, R., Dring, C., & Newman, L. (2022). Reflecting on COVID-19 for integrated perspectives on local and regional food systems vulnerabilities. Urban Governance.

Newell, R., Dring, C., & Newman, L. (2023). Participatory Research Methods for Examining Lessons from COVID-19 about Local Food Systems Vulnerabilities to Exogenous Shocks. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, 6(1), 12.

Newell, R., McCarthy, N., Picketts, I., Davis, F., Hovem, G., & Navarrete, S. (2021). Communicating complexity: Interactive model explorers and immersive visualizations as tools for local planning and community engagement. FACETS, 6(1), 287-316.

Newell, R., & Picketts, I.M. (2020). Spaces, places, and possibilities: A participatory approach for developing and using integrated models for community planning. City and Environment Interactions, 6, 100040.

Newman, L. (2024). Connecting for the Future: A One Health Approach for UFV. University of the Fraser Valley.

Newman, L., & Nixon, D. (2014). Farming in an Agriburban ecovillage development: An approach to limiting agricultural/residential conflict. SAGE Open, 4(4), 1-10.

Newman, L., Powell, L., Nickel, J., Anderson, D., Jovanovic, L., Mendez, E., Mitchell, B., & Kelly-Freiberg, K. (2017). Farm stores in agriburbia: The role of agricultural retail on the rural-urban fringe. Canadian Food Studies, 4(1), 4-23.

Newman, L., Powell, L., & Wittman, H. (2015). Landscapes of food production in Agriburbia: Farmland protection and local food movements in British Columbia. Journal of Rural Studies, 39, 99-110.

Nixon, D., & Newman, L. (2016). The efficacy and politics of farmland preservation through land use regulation: Changes in Southwest British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Reserve. Land Use Policy, 59, 227-240.

O’Riordan, J., Karlsen, E., Sandford, B., Newman, L., Hotte, N., Martens, L., Strand, M., & McNamara, K. (2013). Climate change adaptation and Canada's crops and food. Burnaby, BC: Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), Simon Fraser University.

Powell, L., Newman, L., & Kurrein, M. (2016). Agriculture’s Connection to Health: A summary of the evidence relevant to British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: Provincial Health Services Authority, Population and Public Health Program.

Schroeder, Z., Dyck, J., Moore, A., & Fehr, G. (2018). Low Tech Urban Agriculture Handbook. Abbotsford, BC: University of the Fraser Valley.

Superle, M., & Bridgefoot, G. (2021). Cultivate Connect. Abbotsford, BC: University of the Fraser Valley.


Newman, L., & Fraser, E. (2022). Dinner on Mars: The Technologies That Will Feed the Red Planet and Transform Agriculture on Earth. ECW Press.

Newman, L. (2019). Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. ECW Press.

Newman, L. (2017). Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey. University of Regina Press. 

Newman, L. (2014). Notes from the Nanaimo Bar Trail. Canadian Food Studies/La Revue canadienne des études sur l'alimentation, 1(1), 10-19.

Newman, L. (2014). Blackberries: Canadian cuisine and marginal foods. Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures/Cuizine: Revue des cultures culinaires au Canada, 5(1), 2014.


Goudine, A., Newell, R., & Bone, C. (2020). Seeing climate change: A framework for understanding visualizations for climate adaptation. International Journal of Geo-Information, 9(11), 644.

Jost, F., Dale, A., Newell, R., & Robinson, J. (2020). Evaluating development path changes using a novel climate action assessment framework in three municipalities in British Columbia, Canada. Environmental Science and Policy, 114, 410–421.

Jost, F., Dale, A., Newell, R., & Robinson, J. (2020). Climate action assessment in three small municipalities in British Columbia: Advancements vis-à-vis major neighboring cities. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 2, 100010.

Jost, F. Newell, R., & Dale, A. (2021). CoLabS: A collaborative space for transdisciplinary work in sustainable community development. Heliyon, 7(2), e05997.

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