We’ve traveled around the United States to find these food and agriculture stories for you — from the Pacific Northwest to the Hawaiian Islands to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Join along on an armchair tour of some recent UC Food Observer stories you might have missed.
A Chat with Mario Sifuentez
The little-known history of Mexican farm labor in the Pacific Northwest is the topic of this engaging conversation with UC Merced’s Professor Mario Sifuentez. He is the author of the new book “Of Forests and Fields.”
Re-localizing Food in Hawaii
As Hawaii tries to transition from commodity-based agriculture to a robust local food system, we speak with UCANR researcher Clare Gupta about the issues.
The islands currently import 85 to 90 percent of their food, making this issue particularly important.
The Art of Plants
Perhaps one of the most surprising facts about botanical art is that it’s still so popular.
In this article, we look at how botanical art is educating people about rare and unusual edible plants, and we provide historical and current sources for more information.
Food Choice Awareness
What are the environmental impacts – the “foodprint” – of your dining choices? UCLA graduate student Hannah Malan wants other students to know why that matters.
In this article, she explains about her UC Global Food Initiative Fellowship. #globalfood
Q&A with Bob Snieckus
The “National Landscape Architect” describes his work at the National Resources Conservation Service, a USDA agency.
He tells about the People’s Garden project and looks back to a time when experimental farms, greenhouses, conservatories and bison fields stood where the National Mall is now.
Meanwhile, A Hat Tip to …
Luke Runyon, agriculture and food reporter with Harvest Public Media, based at KUNC Radio in Colorado. He reports on rural issues and tweets about them at @LukeRunyon. Check him out!
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