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December 8, 2016 – BFI Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen’s lab was featured in a piece written for Scientific American about using native plants and the helpful bugs they attract to support organic farming practices. More here.

November 16, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Asa Bradman was recently appointed to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a Federal Advisory Board that helps review and revise national organic standards and make recommendations regarding organic food production and processing. More here.

October 25, 2016 – This week, PBS Newsroom had a special on hunger and homelessness at UC Berkeley, featuring BFI Affiliated Staff Ruben Canedo, who explains that many students drop out due to high living costs of the area—including food and housing—rather than academic challenges. More here.

October 18, 2016 – BFI Seed Grant Recipient Amrita Hazra was recently in a UC Newsroom article for her work on the Millet Project. More here.

September 20, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Clara Nicholls was recently featured in an article from AgriCultures Network. In her interview, she discusses the importance of participatory research in demonstrating the capacity of agroecology to produce high quantities of nutritious, accessible food with minimal environmental damage. More here.

September 13, 2016Capital Press recently covered a new study by BFI Co-Faculty Director Claire Kremen and ESPM alum Rachael Fremen Long on the effects of hedgerow restoration on pest control and pollination. More here.

September 8, 2016 – The Karuk Tribal Herbaria—a product of the Klamath Basin Tribal Food Security project led by BFI Affiliated Faculty Jennifer Sowerwine and Tom Carlson—recently announced their grand opening. Read the Tribe’s press release here.

August 23, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Kristine Madsen was featured in the East Bay Express this week for a recent study, funded through the BFI Seed Grant Program, that links the Berkeley Soda Tax to a 21 percent decline in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Berkeley residents since the tax was implemented. More here.

July 11, 2016 – The UC Global Food Initiative (UC GFI) recently released a new report on the state of food insecurity across UC campuses. BFI Affiliated Faculty and Co-chair of the UC GFI Food Access and Security Subcommittee, Ruben E. Canedo, commented on the recent news in the Los Angeles Times. The story was also covered by the Daily Californian, NPR, and the UC Office of the President.

June 22, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Kendra Klein was featured in a recent Huffington Post article for a new report on organic farming she co-authored with researchers at Friends of the Earth. BFI Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen was also quoted in the report and the article.

June 8, 2016 –’I Got Nothing,’ a photo exhibit created by transitional age youth living in supportive housing in San Francisco to document food insecurity in their lives, was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. The project was funded through a BFI seed grant and led by BFI Affiliated Faculty Colette Auerswald and Emily Ozer. Read the article here.

May 26, 2016 –A BFI-cosponsored event, “California Climate Change Scoping Plan: The Role of Agriculture,” was mentioned in a recent Sacramento Bee article. The article highlighted BFI Affiliated Faculty Dennis Baldocchi, one of the event speakers, and BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp, who moderated the event. Read the article here.

May 2, 2016 –BFI Affiliated Faculty Peggy Lemaux and graduate student Becky Mackelprang were featured in a recent UC Newsroom article on the ways UC campuses are addressing food waste. Lemaux and Mackelprang are part of the Global Food Initiative-sponsored CLEAR (Communication, Literacy and Education for Agricultural Research) group. Read the article here.

April 29, 2016 –BFI Affiliated Faculty Nadia Barhoum was recently featured in a Daily Californian article for her new report, “Food Justice and Community Health in Richmond.” Read the article here.

April 14, 2016 –BFI Affiliated Faculty Malo Hutson and Jason Corburn were recently featured in a UC Newsroom article for their new research project, funded by a 2016 BFI seed grant, that will look at the school lunch program in Oakland. Read the article here.

March 28, 2016 –BFI Affiliated Faculty Jennifer Sowerwine was recently featured in a Civil Eats article for her work with the Klamath Basin Tribal Food Security Project, which aims to restore native foods and address food insecurity in the Klamath Basin for tribal communities and younger generations. Read the article here.

March 25, 2016 –BFI Affiliated Faculty Miguel Altieri recently wrote an opinion piece for the academic blog, The Conversion. He cautions that a thawing in US-Cuban relations could mean a transition from agroecology to industrial agriculture in Cuba. Read the article here.

March 15, 2016 –BFI Affiliated Faculty Gordon Frankie was mentioned in a recent Sonoma Press Democrat article about acclaimed North Coast garden designer, Kate Frey, and bee-friendly gardening. Frankie, director of the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab, is cited as the inspiration behind Frey’s initial enthusiasm for habitat gardening. Read the article here.

March 8, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Liz Carlisle was recently featured on Delicious Revolution, a radio show and podcast about food, culture, and place. You can listen on the website, or subscribe to the podcast.

February 26, 2016 – BFI Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen served as a review editor for a major report on pollinators and their role in food production released by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Read the press release here and an Associated Press article here.

February 20, 2016 –BFI Affiliated Faculty Saru Jayaraman, director of the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center and co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, was featured in the New York Times article, An Outspoken Force to Give Food Workers a Seat at the Table.

January 27, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Hilary Hoynes of Goldman School of Public Policy and UC Berkeley Department of Economics for her valuable work to improve, protect, and explain SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) at the “White House Conversation on Child Hunger in America.” Read more here, and watch the full conversation here.

January 19, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Kristen Rasmussen, lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Department, shared her views on scientifically constructed foods in the San Francisco Chronicle article, “The Future of Food: From Lab to Table.”

January 11, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Saru Jayaraman, director of the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center and co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, was featured this week on KQED News’ “Big Think: Give Restaurant Workers One Fair Wage.”

January 8, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Miguel Altieri offers a live lesson on urban agroecology with his new video, which shares results of a large-scale agroecological experiment by UC Berkeley undergraduate students from the fall of 2015.

December 3, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Brenda Eskenazi, as reported in Time, UC Berkeley News, and other media outlets, found that organophosphate pesticides, a common type of pesticide used in agriculture, may decrease the lung function of children. The researchers measured pesticide exposure to pregnant women and their offspring in California’s Salinas Valley; their full report appears in the health journal Thorax.

November 20, 2015 – BFI Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen spoke on KPFA about the environmental crisis facing bees and pollinators, and what this means for the future of food

November 16, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Robin Marsh tracks African scholars from UC Berkeley through the African Alumni Project.

October 22, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Soloman Hsiang co-led a study that found climate change will reshape global economy, with deleterious effects of on agriculture. Says, Hsiang, ”We’re pointing out that we can see the productivity of our fields and paddocks declining, and have to decide whether we’ll invest in maintaining the high levels of productivity we’ve enjoyed for so long.” The new study was widely reported, with sample articles in Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Time. 

October 19, 2015 – BFI Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen recently spoke with the New York Times about the multitude of factors, most of them linked to the practices of intensive, industrial-scale agriculture, that have been driving down populations of both wild species and commercially bred honeybees around the world.

October 15, 2015 – In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, BFI Affiliated Faculty Saru Jayaraman, director of the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center, explains how the practice of tipping has created a two-tiered wage system with deep social and economic consequences for millions of U.S. workers. In particular, it reinforces pay inequity for a largely female work force and extends an ugly, racialized history. The op-ed was in conjunction with a research report, “Ending Jim Crow in America’s Restaurants: Racial and Gender Occupational Segregation in the Restaurant Industry.” Following the release of the report, an article in the Huffington Post affirmed that restaurants that have eliminated tipping in favor of higher wages are in fact thriving.

October 12, 2015 – As reported in the Daily Cal, a recent study by BFI Affiliated Faculty Asa Bradman shows that organic diet can reduce pesticide levels in body. The purpose of the study, which was published in the latest issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspective, was to see how much of children’s exposure to pesticides results from their diet, versus environmental exposure.

October 6, 2015 – Mark Bittman: California Matters and BFI Affiliated Faculty Jennifer Sowerwine’s work with California’s Hmung Farmers is featured in the Huffington Post.

September 30, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Mary Firestone and Peggy Lemaux each recently received prestigious grants from the Department of Energy’s Genomic Science Program. Firestone’s project will build on the hypothesis that successful establishment and sustainable cultivation of switchgrass in marginal soils is in part enabled by beneficial plant-microbe interactions, resulting in the promotion of key ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and biodiversity. Lemaux’s project will examine the role of epigenetics in allowing plants to survive in drought conditions, by generating a model linking sorghum physiology and genetics with its epigenetic regulatory machinery, microbial community, and composite genetic pathways involved in drought response. Read more about the projects here.

September 29, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Whendee Silver named Faculty Climate Action Champion under UC President Janet Napolitano’s UC 2025 Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

September 1, 2015 – Claire Kremen spoke with KCET Los Angeles about native pollinators needing a different agricultural system.

August 31, 2015 –The Millet Project, a collaboration between BFI Affiliated Faculty Sarah Hake, Peggy Lemaux,and postdocs Amrita Hazra and Patricia Bubner, is featured in UC Berkeley News, KQED, and the Daily Cal. The Millet Project is funded through the BFI Seed Grant Program.

August 30, 2015 – Research by Claire Kremen and collaborators showing that hedgerows of native California flowering shrubs planted along the edge of a crop field help keep crop pests under control by increasing the activity of natural enemies was recently featured in Culture Map Dallas and UCANR News. The full scientific study can be downloaded here.

August 10, 2015 – A new study by CDFS Researchers Daniel Karp, Claire Kremen, and collaborators shows clearing habitat surrounding farm fields fails to reduce pathogens. ““Clearing surrounding vegetation is a costly, labor-intensive practice that threatens wildlife habitat,” said Karp. “Since it does not improve food safety, there is no reason to continue this practice.”

June 28, 2015 – BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp, Faculty Co-director Claire Kremen, and Affiliated faculty members Patricia Crawford and Philip Stark, Thomas Carlson, and Kristen Rasmussen (Berkeley Open Source Food) discuss the future of food and the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines in a California Magazine article Stir-Fry Crickets and Sauteed Weeds: Why the Food of the Future Won’t Be Nutrient Powder.”

June 12, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Dennis Baldocchi recently published an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle on the need for a systemwide approach to to manage the limited supply of water to California agriculture.

June 2, 2015 – BFI Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen recently spoke on KQED Forum with Michael Krasny, responding to President Obama’s Honey Bee Restoration Plan and the impact of the California drought on bees. Listen to the program here. 

May 29, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Pat Crawford was recently interviewed by Rose Hayden-Smith of the UC Food Observer on her research on nutrition policy and obesity prevention. The article was picked up by the journal Medical Express. Read the article here.

May 20, 2015 – BFI’s Affiliated Faculty Darin Jensen and his Cartography and GIS Education Lab are featured in the Daily Cal for their work on an atlas of Oakland’s International Boulevard.

May 20, 2015 – BFI’s Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen and Leithen M’Gonigle are featured in the Editor’s Choice of the Journal of Applied Ecology for their work on habitat restoration to support more specialized pollinators. See also the full scientific paper here.

May 14, 2015 – BFI’s Affiliated Faculty Miguel Altieri and his lab are featured in a story on Urban Agriculture: Practicing Agroecology in the City.

May 10, 2015 – BFI’s Faculty Co-Director Alastair Iles is the recipient of the 2015 CNR Distinguished Teaching award, honoring a professor who has excelled in undergraduate teaching and made significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College.

May 10, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty David Ackerly was featured in an article in the Imperial Valley News about his research using insects, animals, plants, and big data to predict environmental change related to climate change.

May 13, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Ronald Amundson co-authored a paper in Science warning about the depletion of soil nutrients paired with climate change leading to increased risk for famine. The article was covered in several media outlets including The Science Times and UC Berkeley News Center.

April 24, 2015 – BFI Faculty Co-director Claire Kremen  talked to the Daily Californian on Earth Day about her conservation biology research within agriculture production, and more.

April 23, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Philip Stark, Tom Carlson, and Kristen Rasmussen, are featured in multiple articles about the BFI-funded Open Source Food Project. See full press list here.

April 15, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Seth Holmes visited the nation’s capitol to address Congress on inequalities and health disparities in the farm labor sector.

April 6, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Hillary Hoynes talked to the Wall Street Journal about wage inequality in the working poor and how the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) boosts employment.

March 31, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Philip Stark and Kristen Rasmussen talked to East Bay Express about their Wild Food Week.

March 5, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Seth Holmes gave a TEDx talk on migrant farmworkers in our foodsystem at the TEDx Yakima Salon.

March 2, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Jean Retzinger will be teaching in a Czech Republic as a Fulbright Scholar for the 2016–2017 academic year.

February 24, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Jaspal Sandhu and Kristine Madsen‘s graduate student course, Eat.Think.Design, was featured in an article by the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

February 24, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Adina Merelender and Miguel Altieri contributed to an article for the UC Berkeley Fall 2014 Review of Latin American Studies with a group of Chilean researchers seeking to better understand ways to integrate environmental concerns into wine-grape production in Chile and California.

February 2, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Barbara Allen-Diaz is the first woman to receive The Society for Range Management’s highest honor, the Frederick G. Renner Award.

January 29, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Kendra Klein published an article on values-based food procurement in hospitals: the role of health care group purchasing organizations in the journal Agriculture and Human Values. Kendra also published a case study of a farm-to-hospital initiative in California.

January 28, 2015 – BFI Faculty Co-director Claire Kremem talks with The Organic Center about her research in biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes.

January 23, 2015 – Diversified Farming Systems Fellow Liz Carlisle‘s book, Lentil Underground, was featured on the UC Berkeley news page and was also reviewed by SF Gate. She also wrote an opinion piece in SF Gate about lentils and drought. Liz was interviewed on The Splendid Table about her book, too.

January 23, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty and Cooperative Extension Specialist Christy Getz has a chapter in the Handbook of Research on Fair Trade.

January 16, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Dacher Keltner researches the eating behavior of individuals in positions of power in his ‘Cookie Monster’ study. A video on the study is here.

January 16, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty  Kent Daane’s research on the insect-caused grapevine leafroll disease was featured in Western Farm Press.

January 15, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty  Miguel Altieri was featured in an article in Craftsmanship about Cuba’s urban gardening food revolution.

December 9, 2014 – Haas Institute Economic Disparities Chair and BFI Affiliated Faculty Hilary Hoynes Receives Prestigious Economics Award

December 9, 2014 –  BFI Faculty Co-director Claire Kremen and members of her lab team found that diversification practices reduce the gap between organic and conventional yields. NBC features the study and reports on the findings that organic farming is more drought resistant. For the Union of Concerned Scientists take on the new findings see here. See more coverage in The Huffington Post, Washington State University’s CSANR Blog, and UC Berkeley News.

November 17, 2014 –  BFI Affiliated Faculty and BFI Seed Grant recipients Philip Stark and Tom Carlson lead foragers to find a bounty of edibles in urban food deserts.

November 14, 2014 –  BFI Affiliated Faculty Gordon Frankie and his newly published book,“California Bees & Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists” are featured in an SF Chronicle article. The book informs gardeners about how to design a bee-friendly garden with information on which plants to grow in order to attract wild bees, as well as how to recognize and understand the life cycles of the California native bees.

November 10, 2014 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Will Rosenzweig to lead the new Food Business School  for emerging food innovators and entrepreneurs.  

November 7, 2014 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Michael Pollan teamed up with Ricardo Salvador, Mark Bittman, and Olivier de Schutter on a Washington Post opinion piece calling on President Obama to establish a national policy for food, health, and well-being.

November 7, 2014 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Seth Holmes wins the Margaret Mead Award for his impact in anthropology and beyond.

October 28, 2014 – BFI Affiliated Faculty and Cal Dining Executive Director Shawn LaPean talked with UC Berkeley News Center about how Cal Dining went local for Food Day.

October 25, 2014  – BFI Affiliated Faculty and BFI Seed Grant recipients Philip Stark and Tom Carlson were recently featured in the SF Gate about their urban foraging project.

October 22, 2014 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Seth Holmes was recently quoted in the Wall Street Cheat Sheet on the plight of farmworkers in the U.S. fruit industry.

October 20, 2014 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Solomon Hsiang was recently quoted in a Smithsonian article on historical examples of civilizations that did not fare well when faced with drastic environmental change, and how those examples may offer a window into the future—and even help prevent catastrophe.

October 2, 2014 –BFI Faculty Co-director Claire Kremen receives the 2014 Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens for her work on pollinators in the agricultural landscape.

September 26, 2014 – Affiliated Faculty Whendee Silver and Gary Andersen are featured on the PBS Series Food Forward. 

September 19, 2014 – Affiliated Faculty Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico.

September 11, 2014 – Scientists at the Center for Diversified Farming Systems teamed up with Stanford scientists and discovered that diversified agriculture protects not just more species, but much more of the evolutionary history of life than monoculture agriculture. Productive diversified agriculture can be part of a  land use strategy that, in combination with protection of natural areas, can help to promote biodiversity across the tree of life. CDFS scientists involved in the study include Daniel Karp, Leithen M’Gonigle, and Claire Kremen. See coverage in The Scientist, UC Berkeley News Center, and Stanford News.

August 6, 2014 – A new study led by Affiliated Faculty and Center for Weight and Health Director Patricia Crawford checks the health claims of popular sports and vitamin drinks.

July 29, 2014 – Affiliated Faculty Justin Brashares’ new research on how killing off wildlife causes social chaos and violence is featured in The New Scientist and Futurity.

July 29, 2014 – Affiliated Faculty Lynn Huntsinger explains to the Daily Californian why goats are back at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for annual grazing.

July 25, 2014 – BFI Visiting Scholar Saru Jayaraman is honored by the White House as a Raise the Wage Champion of Change.

June 24, 2014 – The Daily Californian features new research by Berkeley Food Institute Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen and her lab on the impact pollinators have on food production.

June 8, 2014 – The work of BFI Visiting Scholar Saru Jayaraman’s Food Labor Research Center on the decline of pay and benefits for grocery workers is featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Californian.

June 4, 2014 –Berkeley Food Institute Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen quoted in the East Bay Express on “What’s Poisoning the Bees?”

May 28, 2014 – The New York Time’s Mark Bittman on the importance of Former BFI Visiting Scholar Olivier De Schutter as “Food’s Big-Picture Guy.”

May 27, 2014 – Afilliated faculty Jaspal Sandhu and Kristine Madsen’s Eat.Think.Design Public health course brings innovation to the table.

May 21, 2014 – Afilliated faculty Dennis Baldocchi speaks on the big drop in wintertime fog needed by fruit and nut crops in the California Central Valley.

May 9, 2014 – BFI Visiting Scholar Saru Jayaraman featured on CNN’s Eatocracy for a Mother’s Day report: Restaurants – Someone’s Mother Works Here.

April 24, 2014 – Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen will deliver the Jane Block Distinguished Lecture in Conservation Biology at UC Riverside, entitled How Loss of Managed Honeybees and Native Pollinators Impact Food Production.

March 24, 2014 – BFI Visiting Scholar Saru Jayaraman named one of CNN 10 Visionary Women.

March 18, 2014 – Goldman School of Public Policy Dean Henry Brady speaks on the next generation of government problem-solvers in the Washington Post.

March 14, 2014 – In his Final Report to the UN Human Rights Council after a six-year term as Special Rapporteur, Former BFI Visiting Scholar Olivier De Schutter today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned.

March 11, 2014 – Affiliated faculty Asa Bradman and Brenda Eskenazi are featured in The Nation for their work on the effects of pesticides on generations of field workers with the CHAMACOS study.

March 6, 2014 – Affiliated Faculty Seth Holmes’ work on migrant farm workers is featured on the front page of the Berkeley News Center.

February 18, 2014 – Affiliated Faculty Tapan Parikh is named 2014 Sloan Research Fellow.

January 31, 2014 – Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen’s lab is part of a team recently awarded the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s 2013 Integrated Pest Management Award, along with UC CE Specialist Rachel Long, Hedgerow Farms, and the Yolo County RCD.

January 14, 2014 – Visiting Scholar Saru Jayaraman was featured in the SF Gate story, Activist at vanguard of restaurant workers’ rights, and a New York Times piece, Advocates for Workers Raise the Ire of Business.

January 6, 2014 – Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen delivered a presentation entitled, What Would it Take to Create a Climate-Resilient Food System at the 2013 Philamathia Symposium on Water, Climate and Society.

December 10, 2013 – Affiliated Faculty Seth Holmes was featured in the cover story for San Francisco Bay Guardian. He also received the 2013 New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology and the 2013 Anthropology of Work Book Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Work.

December 1, 2013 – Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen featured on the Berkeley blog encouraging the US to ban bee-harmful pesticides

November 28, 2013 – Op-ed from Program Coordinator Nora Gilbert and other GradFood collaborators on Civil Eats

October 29, 2013 – Op-eds from Program Coordinator Nora Gilbert and other GradFood collaborators on Civil Eats and in The Daily Californian

October 11, 2013 – Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen has been appointed to the California Academy of Sciences for her contributions to ecology, agriculture and biodiversity.

October 7, 2013 – Affiliated Faculty Seth Holmes from the School of Public Health featured on Civil Eats about his new book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies.

October 3, 2013 – Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen served as the University representative for the CA Department of Food & Agriculture Climate Change Consortium that recently released the report, Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops — Impacts and Strategies for Resilience.

September 23, 2013 – Two of our Affiliates from the School of Public Health, Asa Bradman and Brenda Eskenazi featured in the SF Gate for their work on the effects of pesticides on generations of field workers with the CHAMACOS study.