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Delicious and nearly extinct, can white abalone be saved?

A male white abalone that was collected in October 2016. He arrived at Bodega Marine Lab in December 2016 and only survived two months. Scientists …

Wildlife

California boosts efforts to stamp out hunger on campus

Two-thirds of community college students have trouble paying for food, according to a new 24-state study. California schools are combining federal …

College & University

New initiative advances agriculture technology education

<b>As agriculture and food production achieve greater high-tech heights and resources such as water become more scarce, the country will increasingly depend on innovative solutions from its brightest minds.</b><p>A new initiative at UC Merced aims to poise today’s students at the leading edge of the nexus of …

Agriculture

How your diet affects climate change

<b>You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and while good dietary choices boost your own health, they also could improve the health care system and even benefit the planet. Healthier people mean not only less disease but also reduced greenhouse gas emissions from health care.</b><p>As it turns out, some …

Climate Change

UC Riverside is building a greenhouse that will produce food and solar power

Print Photo<p>Share<p>Pin It<p>More Galleries<p>Dark pink, translucent solar panels developed at U.C. Santa Cruz are shown here in use at a commercial greenhouse …

Solar Power

The vegetable technology gap

Agenda 2020<p>Washington spends millions on crop research. Why doesn't more go toward the foods we're actually supposed to eat?<p>In the great quest to get Americans eating healthier, spinach is an unusual success story. We’re consuming four times as much fresh spinach as we were four decades ago, as a …

Agriculture

Startup of the Month: Foodfully | Comstock's magazine

Try this experiment: When you get home, look inside your refrigerator and calculate how much of your groceries have gone bad. Expired yogurt? Soggy …

Beverages

GMO vs. Organic

Could they learn to work together? A growing population—and a changing climate—may demand it. Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak are an unconventional …

Agriculture

Building a Sustainable Food System, One Campus at a Time

Since 2009, the powerhouse University of California system, whose 10 campuses contribute over $46 billion to the state’s economy, has included …

Agriculture

Is it safe to eat that? Confusing food labels are about to get a lot simpler

Making sense of labelsThe grocery industry will begin using two standard phrases for date labels:• “<b>Best if used by</b>” for quality — products may not taste as expected after that date but are safe to eat<br>• “<b>Use by</b>” for safety — highly perishable products should be consumed by date listed on package and …

Food Waste

UC’s Flagship Food Publication Marks Its Second Anniversary

Gwendolyn Wu <br>Executive Content Editor<p>While student publications around California extensively cover student food insecurity, agricultural innovation, …

Food

How California is reinventing school lunch

By the numbersThe National School Lunch Program serves lunches to 30.3 million students a day, including:• 20.1 million free lunches<br>• 2 million reduced-price lunches<br>• 8.2 million full-price lunches<br>• 5 billion lunches served yearly<br>• The $13 billion program is available in nearly all U.S. public schools and …

FoodWhat?! Celebrates 10 Years

Share Email Comments<p>Doron Comerchero is one of the most impressive people I’ve ever interviewed. He’s the founder and director of the audaciously …

Education

You’re Probably Eating Fleece Every Time You Have Seafood

When buying your next Patagonia fleece, pick the color that looks most edible — new research suggests tiny pieces of it are going to pollute the food …

University of Toronto

UC launches Good Food for Local Schools website

School lunches play a vital role in feeding and nourishing America’s children. More than 30 million of the nation’s children eat at least one meal a …

Education

How Do You Brew a Perfect Cup of Joe? This Chemical Engineer Is Finding Out

As a chemical engineer who studies the motion of fluids, Bill Ristenpart deals with a lot of spattered blood and aerosolized pathogenic mouse phlegm. …

Coffee

Meat substitutes are on the curriculum at UC Berkeley

Image 1of/2<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Most UC Berkeley students will tell you that they’re shooting for an A. But the 45 young men and women packing a Barrows Hall …

UC Berkeley

Blum Center Relaunching With Focus on Food

UC Merced is relaunching its branch of the Blum Center for Developing Economies with a focus on food security for the first two years of the …

CRISPR research institute expands into agriculture, microbiology

An initiative launched two years ago by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to develop new disease therapies is expanding into research on the planet’s major crops and poorly understood microbiomes, with plans to invest $125 million in these areas over the next five …

Growing Appetites for Learning and Activism in Food Systems

Over the past three years, I have been continually inspired by the remarkable level of student enthusiasm about education and activism tied to …

Agriculture
Nutrition

2017 Edible Education Course Launches 1/18

UC Berkeley – in collaboration with Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project – is offering a course entitled “Edible Education 101: The Rise and …

Education

As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

Six years ago, Don Cameron, the general manager of Terranova Ranch, southwest of Fresno, Calif., did something that seemed kind of crazy.<p>He went out to a nearby river, which was running high because of recent rains, and he opened an irrigation gate. Water rushed down a canal and flooded hundreds of …

Water

Bait and switch? Study finds fish fraud runs rampant

<b>Next time you go out for sushi in Los Angeles, don’t bother ordering halibut. Chances are it’s not halibut at all.</b><p>A new study from researchers at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University checked the DNA of fish ordered at 26 Los Angeles sushi restaurants from 2012 through 2015, and found that 47 …

Online toolkit offers resources to improve school nutrition

More than 30 million children now get at least one meal a day from school, making the nation’s schools a vital partner in efforts to combat rising rates of obesity, diabetes and prediabetes among U.S. children.<p>With that in mind, the University of California’s Global Food Initiative has launched a …

The Long, Lonely Quest to Breed the Ultimate Avocado

It’s the winter avocado harvest at the University of California’s orchard in Lindcove, and the fruit jumbled in the back of Eric Focht’s SUV are a …

Agriculture

For a budding botanist, the pomegranate is a family tree

The first pomegranate that John Chater grasped bled crimson drops onto his tan suede shoes.<p>The leathery hull brimmed with dark, translucent seeds bigger than his baby teeth, and when he nibbled them they burst with a sweetness his toddler tongue had never experienced.<p>After that, no other fruit …

Agriculture

District partners with UCSD to study plate waste

The San Ysidro School District is keeping an eye on what students eat from their school lunch for research aimed at improving student health and …

Education