Day: Preparations for the Future
TODAY is Food Day,
a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
Secretary Karen Ross said, “We are part of a
system that will be asked to produce roughly twice as much food by 2050, while
utilizing fewer natural resources. California farmers and ranchers must prepare
to meet the challenges and opportunities of a growing population at home and
abroad.” Asia, deeper into the 21st Century, will see an exploding middle
class, and many of those newly minted consumers will want the quality, safety
and reliability of California products. “I was fortunate to have the
opportunity to travel to Asia twice over the last year. I witnessed that
Ross is encouraged by the vision of the UC Davis’ World Food Center, which
addresses perhaps the most critical issue facing society today—how to feed and
nourish a growing planet in an environmentally sustainable way. The World Food
Center takes broad approach to solve humanity’s most pressing problems in food
and health, including sustainable agricultural and environmental practices,
food security and safety, hunger, poverty reduction through improved incomes,
health and nutrition, population growth, new foods, genomics, food distribution
systems, food waste, intellectual property distribution related to food,
economic development and new technologies and policies.
More than 30 centers and institutes at UC Davis will
collaborate through the World Food Center, plus world-class scientists,
innovators, philanthropists and industry and public leaders. The center will
generate the kind of visionary and practical policy solutions to feed and
nurture people for the future. “Few major universities, if any, have the
interdisciplinary research strength and close connection to a diversity of
agricultural crops nearby to support an enterprise like this,” said Ross.
UC Berkeley’s new Berkeley
Food Institute is equally ambitious. The center’s mission is to help food
and agriculture systems transform to become diverse, healthy, just, and resilient
from the local to international levels. The Institute will stimulate
collaborative research efforts across its five partner units—Berkeley Law, the
Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate School of Journalism, the School
of Public Health, and the College of Natural Resources (CNR), plus faculty
affiliates throughout the University.
change, a growing world population, broad public health concerns from hunger to
obesity, and complex policies from the farm bill to food safety are among the
large-scale issues that have been changing the dialogue about food.
When it comes to food, separating agriculture from environmental, public
policy, social justice and public health issues no longer works.
Secretary Ross stated, “A sustainable food production system must include
producers of all sizes and approaches, from those serving the export markets,
to large-scale producers, to smaller-scale operations that include the
farm-to-fork movement that has attracted so much interest in recent years.”
CDFA is opening a Farm-to Fork Office that has a
special interest in healthy food for children, and in schools. “While local
food procurement can sometimes be a challenge for schools, this office will
work to establish best practices for procurement of locally grown produce by
large-scale buyers,” explained Ross.
October is National
Farm-to-School Month, and Ross explained that the most important work we do
is to teach children about healthy eating and the origins of food because if it
is to remain sustainable, healthy and affordable, it will be up to them.
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