Intensified focus on food at California campuses
In describing the building blocks for the initiative, Napolitano noted that the university’s agricultural outreach and public service programs—in every California county and more than 100 nations—bring UC resources to individuals and communities to help them access safe, affordable and nutritious food while sustaining scarce natural resources.
UC has long been active in addressing issues related to food. For example, UC research taught Californians how to remove salts from the alkali soils in vast stretches of the Central Valley, transforming barren landscape into one of the world’s most productive farming regions.
Similar work continues across the UC system. To cite but a few examples, the Berkeley Food Institute is studying the relationship between pest control, conservation and food safety on Central Coast farms; students and faculty at UC Santa Cruz are transforming the field of agroecology; the World Food Center at UC Davis stands with 26 other centers dedicated to food and agriculture on that campus; the cutting-edge Healthy Campus initiative at UCLA taps all members of the campus community.
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