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UC Merced launches countywide food and ag exchange

<b>UC Merced is taking steps to fight hunger and tackle food waste on campus and across Merced County.</b><p>The campus has launched CropMobster Merced County, an online food and agricultural exchange and community engagement program to help address issues ranging from food waste and growing local food …

Agriculture

Five myths about beer

Summer for Americans is a time of backyard barbecues, baseball and beer. Memorial Day weekend is a perfect chance to sit outside with the season’s first sixer, and the varieties of beer you can pick up at the local grocer have multiplied. “This is a golden age for beer lovers,” as The Washington …

Craft Beer

Ready for a better beer?

<b>Looking for a better beer or single malt Scotch whiskey?</b><p>A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, may have you covered. They are among a group of 77 scientists worldwide who have sequenced the complete genome of barley, a key ingredient in beer and single malt Scotch. The …

There's Probably a Salad's Worth of Greens On Your City Block

This is our kind of street food.<p>On a recent Spring morning, I stood at the intersection of University and Shattuck Avenues, two of Berkeley's busiest streets, looking for something to eat. There was a Blue Bottle Coffee on one corner, and I could see a McDonalds down the street, but <b>Philip Stark</b>, my …

Gardening

Reducing hunger and food waste

Going greenLooking for more tips to reduce food waste? View episode two of the new six-part video series Climate Lab, produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox, which features surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change.<p><b>An estimated 70 billion pounds</b> …

An Edible Education

When was the last time you thought about your lettuce—I mean, really thought about it? Where did you buy it? How was it packaged and transported? …

Education

Taking root

<b>Call it something to grow on. And then some.</b><p>Ever an institution to advance all things environment and sustainability, UC Santa Barbara is flourishing in a pursuit uncommon for a beachside campus: farming. Two years after pot-planting a duo of citrus trees beneath Storke Tower, UC Santa Barbara has …

What does 'healthy' mean when it comes to food?

<b>Anyone who's ever walked into a grocery store has seen the various health claims on food items calling certain products "healthy." But what exactly does “healthy” mean — and can you rely on it?</b><p>The Food and Drug Administration is trying to find out. The federal agency recently began a public process …

The Santa Cruz garden that launched a movement

Garden manager Orin Martin at the Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz.<p>The Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz received a splendid gift for its 50th birthday this year — more than 5 feet of seasonal rainfall, courtesy of Mother Nature.<p>The result has been an epic spring bloom, just as the …

Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores?

A new study identifies a link between food quality and achievement.<p>For more than a decade, standardized-test scores have been the dominant metric for measuring what public-school students know and are able to do. No Child Left Behind, the sweeping federal education law enacted in 2002, ushered in a …

Education

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 …

Biological Species

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How one county slashed sugary drink sales

<b>(CNN) —</b> Advertising shapes behavior, a truism given new life by a recent anti-soda campaign. A county in the heart of central Maryland aimed a three-year onslaught of TV ads, digital marketing, direct mail, outdoor ads and social media against sugary beverages. This campaign, which was accompanied …

Sugar

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 …

UC’s Flagship Food Publication Marks Its Second Anniversary

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

Agriculture

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Chemical Engineer Who'll School You on Coffee

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/4<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 …

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 …