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October 28, 2016 – Adam Calo, a PhD candidate and researcher at the Center for Diversified Farming Systems, recently had an op-ed published in the San Francisco Chronicle on the challenges farmers face with land ownership. 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.

July 25, 2016 – Hillary Sardiñas was featured as this week’s guest on Delicious Revolution. In this podcast, Hillary discusses the diversity of native pollinators, the threats they face, and how they contribute to our food system. Listen here.

July 7, 2016 – BFI Affiliated Faculty Liz Carlisle, along with co-authors Marcia DeLonge and Albie Miles, were recently awarded the Elsevier Atlas award for their research, “Investing in the transition to sustainable agriculture.” Read the article here.

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.

January 28, 2016 – CDFS Fellow Maywa Montenegro recently published an article in Ensia about the gene editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, and its applications in agriculture and food.

December 9, 2015 – Civil Eats names CDFS Fellow Liz Carlisle’s Lentil Underground among 20 of the Best Food and Farm Books of 2015.

December 7, 2015 – Delicious Revolution, a podcast about people whose expertise in food comes from working with food as farmers, artists, cooks, activists, scholars, and more, recently interviewed BFI Center for Diversified Farming Systems’ Fellow Maywa Montenegro de Wit on GMOs, agrobiodiversity, and the politics of who speaks for science. Listen here.

November 23, 2015 – CDFS Fellow Liz Carlisle recently published an article in Ensia on “Who Is Keeping Organic Food Honest?”

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.

October 7, 2015 – CDFS Fellow Maywa Montenegro recently published an article in Ensia asking why the merits or demerits of GMOs grab more headline space than systemic food and agriculture concerns, pointing out deeper struggles over how science is conducted, interpreted and deployed in the arena of “sustainable food.”

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

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.”

August 10, 2015 Obamacare and Food as a Public Health Concern. Op ed by CDFS Fellow Liz Carlisle in the San Francisco Chronicle.

July 9, 2015 – Is Farming a Public Service? Op ed by CDFS Fellow Liz Carlisle in the Los Angeles Times.

June 17, 2015 – Agroecology Can Help Fix Our Broken Food System. Here’s How. Op-ed by CDFS Researcher Maywa Montenegro de Wit in Ensia.

April 19, 2015 Drought Turns a Light on Farming Methods: Healthy Land Practices Can Control Damage and Help Recovery. 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 – USDA NIFA awards $500,000 to the Center for Diversified Farming Systems to assess environmental, economic and social benefits of diversified farming practices. Working in collaboration with producers in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys, this new project will examine specific ways that diversified farming practices influence various ecosystem services and how those services, in turn, affect overall farmer livelihoods.  On approximately 30 farms and ranches, the interdisciplinary team will explore and analyze a range of ecological diversification practices,impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services, farm-level profitability, and farmer motivations for and experiences of diversification.  The goal is to inform policies and practices that better support the adoption of environmentally, socially, and economically beneficial farming methods.

January 23, 2105 – Learn to Live With Drought – Eat More Lentils. Op-ed by CDFS Fellow Liz Carlisle in SF Gate.

January 22, 2015 – You Are What You Eat – And What It Eats Too. Blog post by CDFS Fellow Liz Carlisle for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

November 26, 2014 – The Downside of Eating Too Locally. Op-ed by CDFS Fellow Liz Carlisle in The New York Times.

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.