“I wanted to open an interesting place where people want to be,” says 2008 UC Irvine graduate Brandon Fender, who co-owns The Good Beer Co. and created Anteater Ale. “Beer, community and a beautiful building – this is the embodiment of my passions.”

A golden example

UC Irvine homecoming festival will feature special Anteater Ale, created by alum, in celebration of the campus’s 50th anniversary.
UC Student Regent Sadia Saiffudin of UC Berkeley, center, flanked by Vanessa Terán, left, of Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project, and Melissa Fontaine, right, of Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, were featured in a panel about food justice.

Food justice at the forefront

UC Santa Barbara hosts inaugural California Higher Education Food Summit on food insecurity.
Food served at Pacific Chef Net 2015

A gathering of top chefs

University chefs cook up a storm at Pacific Chef Net 2015.
George Farquar demonstrates DNATrax

Technology quickly traces source of tainted food

Contaminated food sickens 1 in 6 Americans every year. DNATrax traces the bad stuff back to its source.

Food luminaries to light up spring semester

The Berkeley Food Institute is drawing Mark Bittman and other food and agriculture experts from across the country to address challenges and find solutions to problems in the food sector.
African Plant Breeding Academy launch

New plant breeding academy graduates to improve Africa’s ‘orphan’ crops

UC Davis-run academy is designed to increase food security and help eliminate malnutrition and stunting among Africa’s youth.
overweight boy with slice of cake (iStock)

Obese children’s brains respond more to sugar

Most of us light up at the taste of a sweet treat. But the response is heightened in overweight children, suggesting that they may be predisposed to crave more sugar.
Winning entries, Food College contest

Playing with food pays off for UC Produce Collage Contest winners

Fine art and late night comedy inspired the creators of the winning entries.
burger and fries

Even those who know better find junk food irresistible

The sight of a burger and fries pushes our happy button, even if you know a salad is better for you.
Thanksgiving foods

12 things you didn't know about holiday foods

To highlight the UC Global Food Initiative, here is a sampling of holiday-themed UC food research from each campus.

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