California is the top agriculture-producing state in the country, and that big business presents big challenges. California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross addressed many of the key issues during a speech presented by UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.
Secretary Ross talks at length about the impact climate change has already had on the state’s resources and the effects we can expect to see in the future. She says prolonged droughts, like the one California just escaped, will become more common. But, we can also expect more severe flooding. Ross says the state needs to take a big-picture approach to water and land management in order to mitigate future disasters. But, she says there is hope. Agriculture accounts for just eight percent of greenhouse gas emissions in California, compared to 30 percent worldwide. Ross says her department and private farmers are working on ways to bring down greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in California, and she hopes their progress can serve as a model for sustainable farming worldwide.
Following her speech, Secretary Ross covers everything from immigration reform to the future of agricultural careers in a fascinating Q&A moderated by her former colleague, Executive Director of the Berkeley Food Institute, Ann Thrupp.
In her helpful talk from UC San Diego’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Vicky Newman, MS, RD, explains how the right balance of foods, part of an anti-inflammatory eating plan, can maximize your health and energy level. Learn practical tips for controlling your weight, maintaining bone strength and reducing the risk of common chronic diseases associated with aging. You’ll also find out about foods that support the body’s immune and detoxification systems, how to maintain a healthy (and happy) gut, and how to balance your fats to support your health and well-being.
Ah, Costco. It’s hard to resist stocking up as you stroll down those abundant aisles, stacked with 20-packs of everything you’ll ever need during your busy day-to-day life. But how do all those frozen dinners, snack foods and household supplies impact the homes and lives of typical dual-income American families?
In the second installment of UCTV Prime’s original series “A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance,” we follow three UCLA social scientists inside the homes of these families as they open pantries and peer inside refrigerators to reveal consumption patterns that make American households different from any other in the world. Discover how parents feed their children, where they shop, how much they buy and how they compare to families in Europe. It’s an eye-opening look at the way so many Americans live.
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.