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Christine Barbeau   Ms.  Graduate Student or Post Graduate 
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Christine Barbeau published an article in November 2017.
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Maren Oelbermann

34 shared publications

School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Leonard J.S. Tsuji

6 shared publications

Professor, (), University of Waterloo, School of Public Health and Health Systems & Environment and Resource Studies, 200 University Ave. West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada

Leonard J S Tsuji

3 shared publications

Jim Karagatzides

2 shared publications

Publication Record
Distribution of Articles published per year 
(2014 - 2017)
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Article 1 Read 1 Citation Local food production in a subarctic Indigenous community: the use of willow (Salix spp.) windbreaks to increase the yie... Christine D. Barbeau, Meaghan J. Wilton, Maren Oelbermann, J... Published: 16 November 2017
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, doi: 10.1080/14735903.2017.1400713
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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations Increasing the Adaptive Capacity of Indigenous People to Environmental Change: The Potential Use of an Innovative, Web-B... Christine D. Barbeau, Donald Cowan, Leonard J.S. Tsuji, Pasq... Published: 08 September 2016
Geospatial Technology - Environmental and Social Applications, doi: 10.5772/64212
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Article 4 Reads 4 Citations Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change: Producing Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) and Bush Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris... Jim Karagatzides, Christine Barbeau, Maren Oelbermann, Leona... Published: 08 May 2015
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su7055664
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Aboriginal people in Canada experience disproportionately high rates of diet-related illnesses, such as obesity and diabetes. Food insecurity has been identified as a contributing factor to these illnesses along with a loss of traditional lifestyle. Current food systems within northern subarctic and arctic regions of Canada rely heavily on imported foods that are expensive (when available), and are environmentally unsustainable. A warming subarctic and arctic climate present challenges, but also offers the opportunity for local agricultural production that can increase food security and promote a more sustainable food system. In this study the feasibility of sustainably growing potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.) utilizing agroforestry practices to enhance food security in remote subarctic communities is explored through a case study in Fort Albany First Nation in northern Ontario, Canada. Potato crops were grown over a two-year period and rotated into plots that had been planted with green bush beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Results showed that potatoes and bush beans could be grown successfully in the subarctic without the use of greenhouses with yields comparable to more conventional high-input agricultural methods. In subarctic Canada, sustainable local food production can help to promote social capital, healthier lifestyles, and food security.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 5 Reads 0 Citations Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change: The Production of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) and Bush Bean (Phaseolus vul... Christine Barbeau, Maren Oelbermann, Leonard Tsuji, Jim Kara... Published: 31 October 2014
The 4th World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf-4-g006
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There is an overall consensus that arctic regions will experience climate change earlier and to a greater extent than lower latitude regions. Aboriginal people in Canada's northern regions are especially vulnerable to climate variability in addition to experiencing disproportionately high rates of diet-related illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The majority of these diet-related diseases can be attributed to food insecurity and a loss of traditional lifestyles. Furthermore, current food systems within these northern regions are reliant on imported foods that are resource expensive and are ecologically and socially unsustainable. A warming arctic climate offers the opportunity for local agricultural production that can promote ecologically and culturally sustainable means to increase food security. To date, there has been little investigation into the potential for sustainable food production in arctic and sub-arctic regions. In this study, the feasibility of using locally grown produce as a means to sustainably enhance food security in sub-arctic Aboriginal communities is explored through a case study in the community of Fort Albany First Nations located in Ontario, Canada. Solanum tuberosum L. (potatoes) and Phaseolus vulgaris L. (green beans) were grown over a two year period to determine if potato and bean crops could be grown in a sustainable manner for community consumption. Results from two growing seasons showed that potatoes and beans could be grown successfully in the sub-arctic especially with regards to warming air temperatures. Sustainable local food production offers flexible and innovative opportunities for communities to promote social capital, healthy lifestyles, adaptation and resilience, while helping to enhance the benefits that a warmer climate can offer.