Hungry Planet

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9 myths about healthy eating, busted

<b>As a nutritional epidemiologist devoted to prevention, Karin Michels has spent much of her career studying how health can be optimized through a proper diet.</b><p>“People think it all comes down to their genes, but there is so much we can control by not smoking or being overweight, eating right and …

Nutrition

Why your tuna could have 36 times more chemicals than others

<b>Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego found levels of persistent organic pollutants as much as 36 times higher in the muscle tissue of yellowfin tuna caught in the more industrialized areas of the northeast Pacific Ocean and northeast Atlantic</b> …

Oceans

Berkeley’s Sugarlogix is engineering a sugar that’s good for you

Currently on hot desk at UC Berkeley accelerator SkyDeck, this startup is making prebiotic sugars, ones that promote good gut health.The post …

Microbiome

Western diet associated with chronic liver inflammation in UC Davis study

In a study of mice, researchers at the University of California Davis found that chronic liver inflammation is associated with a Western diet.

UC Davis

Why you might want to go easy on the avocado

<b>When it comes to the fat in your diet, the line between good and bad just got blurrier.</b><p>Liberal consumption of so-called good fats — like those found in olive oil and avocados — may lead to fatty liver disease, a risk factor for metabolic disorders like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, according to …

Nutrition

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 …

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 …

UC Berkeley

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> …

Agriculture

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 …

Farming

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 …

Nutrition

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 …

California

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 …

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 …

Education

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

UC Riverside’s planned greenhouse will grow food and produce solar energy

UC Riverside is building a greenhouse with a translucent roof that generates solar power while allowing sunlight to pass through to plants below.<p>The …

Clean Energy

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 …

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 …

UC Davis

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 …

Monster Energy

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 …

Agriculture

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 …

Education

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