When they began their studies at UC Santa Barbara in the 1980s, Greg Massa and Raquel Krach would never have imagined themselves where they are today: growing organic crops on a family farm outside of Chico, CA. But a tropical biology program in Costa Rica sparked an appreciation of the role of ecology in agriculture and kindled a love – for farming and for each other – that set a new trajectory for their lives.
In a world of advanced technology, science, and environmental concern, we visit students who have a vision for the future of farming and are working to create high-tech tools to help make agriculture more precise. We also take a look at plant genetics, biotechnology, and a unique couple – an organic farmer and a plant geneticist –both of whom work at UC Davis and strongly believe that the two traditionally opposing sides actually have the same goals.
There’s no question agriculture has a considerable environmental footprint.
In the third installment of the UCTV Prime series “9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming,” you’ll see how UC Davis researchers are working with farmers across the state to find ways to reduce that impact. We’ll talk about water, soil and air and we’ll take a look at the “Bovine Bubbles” that brought one UC Davis researcher international attention and “cleared the air” when it comes to how much gas cows really produce.
Agriculture isn’t just about sowing the land; it’s about finding solutions to modern problems facing our food supply. With farmland shrinking and a hungry population growing, what’s being done to ensure an abundant food supply that will be healthier, last longer, taste better?
In the second installment of the UCTV Prime series “9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming,” we’ll learn about UC Davis’ unprecedented “100-year experiment” and meet the first graduates of a brand new major: sustainable agriculture and food systems.
California agriculture is a $37.5 billion industry, with the Golden State being home to nine of the nation’s top ten producing counties.
In the first episode of UCTV Prime’s new four-part series “9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming,” we take a look at innovation born at UC Davis that has changed the way farmers do their jobs, and see how agriculture experts of the future are preparing to meet the many challenges ahead.
Next week (Oct 30), we’ll show you what’s coming in high-tech agriculture that could very well help feed the world’s growing population, expected to hit 9 billion by the year 2050.