Global Food Initiative

Digitally rendered farming landscape

New engineering research center to focus on agriculture technology

UC Merced joins three other campuses to sustainably meet the challenge of boosting global food production by 70 percent by 2050.

A fishing boat at sea

Chinese fishing boats took half a billion dollars of illegal squid from North Korea. Scientists used satellites to catch them out

Satellite technology and machine learning are helping track down illegal and environmentally damaging ‘dark fleets’ of fishing boats.

Grasshopper above a plate

The next trend in food: Edible insects?

A lot of people think you should be eating more insects.

Grapefruit hanging from tree

UC Riverside discovers first effective treatment for citrus-destroying disease

The disease that has devastated crops in Florida and threatens California may finally be stoppable.

Richard Matthew at desk

What’s next: The future of compassion

How to ward off emotional exhaustion as the pandemic continues.

Nearly empty shelves in a store

Is the food supply strong enough to weather COVID-19?

Are empty shelves behind us or are there more shortages to come?

Avocado oil on a table

Study finds 82 percent of avocado oil rancid or mixed with other oils

FDA standards needed to protect consumers and industry, food scientist says.

Two bioengineers working in a UC San Diego lab

Scientists design way to use harmless bacteria to detect heavy metals in drinking water

The goal is to test water at the faucets people actually drink from and catch contamination along the way.

Students from CALPIRG hold up signs thanking UCLA and saying help protect our oceans

UCLA developing policy to phase out single-use plastics

The move could drive regional change and would make UCLA one of the largest universities in the U.S. to take action.

A field of crops

UC launches first-ever organic research institute, with a hand from Clif Bar

The California Organic Institute will accelerate the development and adoption of effective farming tools and practices.

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