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December 6, 2016 – BFI’s Executive Director Ann Thrupp and Policy Director Nina Ichikawa are quoted in a feature for The New Food Economy about focusing on local food policy changes in the wake of the presidential election. While emphasizing that California can play an important role in serving as a model for the nation, Thrupp also highlights the importance of staying involved in national policy efforts. More here.

November 29, 2016 – Former BFI Graduate Student Researcher Aileen Suzara was featured in an article from Mount Holyoke College after receiving the 2016 Thomas I. Yamashita Prize for her work at BFI. More here.

November 22, 2016 – A recent Civil Eats article revisits the 2012 Occupy the Farm movement at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm and discusses the significance of universities partnering with farms moving forward. More here.

November 10, 2016Berkeley News highlighted former BFI Graduate Student Researcher Aileen Suzara, who was recently awarded the 2016 Foundations for Change: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. More here.

October 26, 2016 – BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp was quoted in a recent article in the Daily Californian about the community farm Urban Adamah. More here.

October 24, 2016 –BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp was quoted in a recent Berkeley News article on Food Day events at UC Berkeley. The article went on to highlight BFI’s Equity and Inclusion project and the upcoming Faculty Panel, both of which were also mentioned in this UC Newsroom article.

August 1, 2016 – The National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) Conference, cosponsored by BFI, was held July 29-31 at UC Santa Cruz. Fifteen students, faculty, and staff from UC Berkeley were part of the summit, including BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp and BFI Program Manager Rosalie Z. Fanshel, who were both speakers for the event. The conference was covered by UC Newsroom and Capital Public Radio.

July 20, 2016 – In a recent article on young tech entrepreneurs working to address hunger, UC Newsroom highlighted BFI’s efforts in the development of the Food Systems minor at UC Berkeley and the work of BFI Affiliated Faculty Jaspal Sandhu. More here.

July 19, 2016GradNews released a feature this week on BFI and the work of our graduate students. Maywa Montenegro, Center for Diversified Farming Systems Fellow, and Tara Benesch, a former UC Global Food Initiative Fellow, discuss their research as BFI fellows. More here.

July 11, 2016 – BFI Faculty Co-Director Claire Kremen was recently selected as one of fourteen members on the National Advisory Board of Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign fighting for presidential action to fix our nation’s broken food system. More here.

July 1, 2016 – BFI Policy Director Nina F. Ichikawa was recently interviewed on KPFA 94.1 about a new report from the Food Research and Action Center on food insecurity in the US. Listen to the story here.

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.

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.

April 25, 2016 – A recent post on the Spoon University website features projects supported by BFI, including CNR’s course “Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement.” The post also links to all food-related courses at Berkeley (via the BFI website) and to CNR’s page about the new food systems minor. 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.

April 12, 2016 – Nineteen UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) student fellows from across the UC system—including BFI student fellows Emily Altman, Tara Benesch, and Nicole Wong—gathered at Full Belly Farm northwest of Sacramento earlier this month. The trip allowed the fellows to network, learn more about organic farming, and share the projects they have been working on over the past year. Read the UC Newsroom article here.

March 30, 2016 – A recent Berkeley News article featured former BFI student fellow Kate Kaplan for her work on the Global Food Initiative’s report, “Experiential Learning in Food and Agriculture Systems Education at the University of California,” with BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp and BFI Affiliated Faculty Jennifer Sowerwine. Read the article here.

March 2, 2016 – Former BFI student fellow Kate Kaplan, BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp, and BFI Affiliated Faculty Jennifer Sowerwine were all key contributors of a report recently released by the Global Food Initiative’s Experiential Learning Subcommittee. Read the full report on “Experiential Learning in Food and Agriculture Systems Education at the University of California” here.

January 14, 2016 – In the winter 2016 edition of Breakthroughs, the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources’ magazine, the Berkeley Food Institute’s executive director, Ann Thrupp, and three student fellows—Laura Moreno, Maywa Montenegro, and Kate Kaplan—share highlights of their work at BFI.

January 14, 2015 – BFI Program Manager Rosalie Z. Fanshel recently gave two talks about BFI and Bay Area agri-food movements at the HaoRan Foundation in Taiwan. An article about her talks was published in News and Market(in Chinese).

November 26, 2015 – BFI and Executive Director Ann Thrupp were featured in a Los Angeles Times article on the growth of food studies programs at U.S. colleges.

November 11, 2015 The Contra Costa Times reports on BFI’s recent public talk by Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

November 3, 2015 – The UC Office of the President reports on the research that’s changing U.S. food policy, a study compiled by BFI and other UC collaborators. The news was also reported in California Health Online.

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.

September 22, 2015 – BFI is mentioned in a Civil Eats article on the explosion in demand for college and university classes focusing on food systems.

August 17, 2015 –UC Berkeley Now Offers a Minor in the Study of Food Systems.”

August 5, 2015 – In the fifth episode of California Matters, produced by the Berkeley Food Institute and UC Global Food Initiative and featured on the home page of the New York Times, Mark Bittman and BFI Faculty Co-DirectorClaire Kremen discuss why pollinators – especially wild native bees – are essential for crops.

July 9, 2015 – Mark Bittman: California Matters launches in the New York Times!

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 8, 2015 – The BFI and UC Office of the President video series Mark Bittman: California Matters makes a news splash. Sample coverage includes ABC News, KQED, LA Times, KCBS In Depth, UC News Center, 7 x 7, SFist,Berkeleyside, and San Francisco Eater. The series is also aired on KCET.

May 29, 2015 – BFI Executive Director Ann Thrupp, BFI Faculty Co-director Alastair Iles, and PhD Candidate Maywa Montenegro recently coauthored an Op Ed in the Huffington Post titled “Agroecology & Justice in Food Systems Are Critical to Empower People to Feed Themselves.” Read the article here.

May 13, 2015 – BFI’s support of campus programs to provide resources to Berkeley students who face food insecurity and hunger was featured in an article by UC Berkeley Media Relations.

May 11, 2015 – BFI’s ‘Fostering Resilience and Health of Food Systems in the Face of Drought‘ event was featured in the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources blog on Conservation Agriculture.

May 7, 2015 – Big Ideas@Berkeley announced the winner of the Food Systems Innovation category, funded by BFI, a project called ‘Bahay Kubo’ which aims to revitalize Filipino food and culture through culturally-based community gardens and culinary programs.

April 27, 2015 – BFI teamed up with the UC Global Food Initiative and BFI Distinguished Visiting Fellow Mark Bittman, to produce a video series, ‘California Matters’ which chronicles Bittman’s exploration of research related to California’s food and agriculture community. The video series will launch in May 2015. Read more about the series in this article, watch a short teaser video and also hear what our friends at Diablo Magazine have to say about the project.

April 22, 2015 – BFI co-sponsored an event featuring a panel of experts – including Dr. Lee Riley, Michael Pollan, Maryn McKenna and Dr. Piero Garzaro – to discuss antibiotic resistance in humans due to the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production. The event was reviewed in an article in California.

April 21, 2015 – The UC Gill Tract Community Farm will be hosting workshops on ecological farming practices in the coming years with a generous grant from the USDA and is also a site for BFI funded research on the diversity of ethnic food production in the bay area. Read more in this article.

April 20, 2015 – BFI’s event, ‘Fostering Resilience and Health of Food Systems in the Face of Drought,’ was featured in a Grist article about California water crisis myths.

April 19, 2015 – BFI’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems was featured in an article touting the benefits of agroecological farming methods as a possible solution for agriculture systems facing drought conditions.

April 2, 2015 – BFI’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems won a $500,000 award from the USDA to assess environmental, economic and social benefits of diversified farming practices.

April 1, 2015 – BFI’s ‘Cultivating Justice in Food Systems‘ event with Troy Duster, Mark Bittman, Saru Jayaraman and Ricardo Salvador, was featured in UC News and an article by UC Berkeley Student and food writer, Jocelyn Hsu, on Spoon University.

March 16, 2015 – BFI Policy Director, Nina Ichikawa, spoke with UC Berkeley Student and food writer, Jocelyn Hsu, in a Spoon University interview about BFI’s role in research, policy, education and building communities of practice around food issues.

February 13, 2015 – BFI Visiting Scholar Mark Bittman was featured on KQED’s Bay Area Bites – Bittman Does Berkeley: Talking Food Politics With Mark Bittman and on UC Food Observer.

February 5, 2015 – BFI Affiliated Faculty and Seed Grant recipients Philip Stark and Tam Carlson featured on KQED’s Bay Area Bites and KALW.

January 28, 2015 – BFI sponsored Edible Education 101 series featured on multiple media outlets including The Verge and UC News Room

December 11, 2014 – BFI visiting fellows Mark Bittman and Daphne Miller are featured in UC Berkeley News Center Food Luminaries to Light up Spring Semester

November 24, 2014 – BFI’s Seed Grant recipients Philip Stark and Tom Carlson featured on the UC Newsroom

October 28, 2014 – Spoon University at Berkeley – The Berkeley Food Institute helps Cal celebrate Food Day

October 23, 2014 –  The Daily Californian – UC President supports Global Food Initiative programs

September 5, 2014 – The Berkeley Food Institute teams up with Big Ideas @ Berkeley for contest in Food Systems Innovations

July 1, 2014 – University of California announces new Global Food Initiative, with additional coverage from the Los Angeles Times, KQED, The California ReportModesto Bee, Daily Californian, Berkeley News Center, Civil Eats, andKCRA Sacramento

June 1, 2014 – BFI’s Growing Green Award Winner Chip Taylor featured on

May 15, 2014 – BFI’s Growing Green Award Winner John Reganold featured in the Huffington Post and Food Tank

May 14, 2014 – Berkeley Food Institute and NRDC’s Growing Green Awards Winners Announced!

May 13, 2014– Civil Eats – Berkeley Food Institute Listed in “Want to Change the Food Sytem? Here’s Where to Start”

February 7, 2014 – The Daily Californian – Students, Faculty Spearhead New Possible Food Systems and Sustainability Minor

December 3, 2013 – East Bay Express – The Future of the Food Movement

November, 2013 – Breakthroughs Magazine – Reconstructing the Global Food System

October 1, 2013 – UC ANR Food Blog – The New Berkeley Food Institute: On a Mission

October 1, 2013 – The Daily Californian – Berkeley Food Institute Caters to Sustainable Practice at Second Event

September 30, 2013 – UC Berkeley News Center – Berkeley Food Institute Aims to Help Transform the World’s Food System

September 30, 2013 – Berkeleyside – Berkeley Food Institute: For a Resilient Food System

September 6, 2013 – KALX 90.7FM – Faculty Co-Directors Alastair Iles and Claire Kremen on KALX Spectrum

June 11, 2013 – Civil Eats – UC Berkeley Food Institute (BFI): Report Back from Inaugural Symposium