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Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet

The Campus Global Theme program identifies a topic linked to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engages the entire UC Davis community in related discussion, learning, discovery, and action. The inaugural Campus Global Theme Food for Thought: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet, aims to explore the complexities surrounding the notion of “Food for Thought," bringing together the UC Davis community in this exploration.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Campus Global Theme Schedule of Events

January 2020

Isao FujimotoThe Life and Legacy of Dr. Isao Fujimoto

Dr. Fujimoto's life's work over the last several decades has been to lift up the voices of those marginalized by economic, political, and social systems. In addition to kicking off an exhibition and discussion on Dr. Fujimoto, this event brings together contemporary Asian American activists working on issues at the core of Dr. Fujimoto's work and showcases the current community-engaged commitments of Asian American Studies faculty. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Asian American Studies. Join us for a symposium celebrating one of its founding faculty members, Dr. Isao Fujimoto.

Moving Towards a Healthier Food System with Dr. Lawrence Haddad

  • January 29, 2020     4 pm–5 pm    
  • UC Davis Conference Center, Ballrooms
  • Sponsored by: Office of Research

Join Us as we Launch the Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation with Special Guest Dr. Lawrence Haddad, 2018 World Food Prize Laureate. The Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation will bring accomplished thought leaders from around the world to UC Davis to share their vision for the next generation of research and how it can transform our society. The series will be hosted by the Office of Research in partnership with research units across campus.

The inaugural event will be held January 29, 2020 with British economist and food policy researcher Lawrence Haddad discussing how we can move toward a healthier food system.In 2018, Haddad was awarded the World Food Prize for his “relentless leadership and advocacy in mobilizing political will to make nutrition the focal point of development strategies.” Haddad is executive director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition.

Registration for the inaugural event at the UC Davis Conference Center is open to the research community, students and public.

February 2020

Feeding Ourselves, Feeding the Planet Social Justice Speaker Series

Speakers from several social justice organizations will be invited to speak on the topic of Feeding Ourselves/Feeding the Planet. The audience will learn about the relationship between social justice, climate change and food security, and practical ways they can get involved to make a difference.

Featured speaker: "What does the climate crisis teach us about what we need to do for food security?" George Lakey proposes a research-based model for empowering grassroots movements for food justice.

Future speakers in this series and event dates will be announced.

From Global South to Global North: Food History and Possible Futures in the Americas

Questions of food sovereignty, enhanced high-yield crops, and environmental degradation in production of food had become part of the public conversation. This one-day colloquium shares the most innovative insights about the origins of our foodways, eating habits, culinary practices, and environmental context from agricultural practices to environmental protection initiatives, and from the fields of Honduras, the Andean puna, and the avocado orchards of Mexico to our very own tables.

Project RISHI LogoEmpowerment through Food Systems in the Rural Indian Development Landscape

At this workshop, Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement) aims to paint the development experience in a rural Indian setting, by zooming into our interventions that focus on enhancing nutrition and market access for different pockets of our population. Through this workshop, you will also learn to measure empowerment through interactive assessments and globally tested tools.

Drawing of kraut in a mason jar
Image by Sean Nash

Building Community Ferment

  • February 15, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    
  • Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, Blanchard Community Room
  • Sponsored by: Radical Mycology Collective, Friends of the Davis Library
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Mini-Grant Recipient

In this hands-on workshop we make shredded vegetable ferments together in small groups and everyone leaves with their own jar of collaboratively-made kraut. Building Community Ferment is both a practical introduction to the art of transforming vegetables through bacterial collaboration and a creative space to ponder our relationships to each other and the more-than-human world. Come prepared to meet new people, learn a fun do-it-together skill, and be inspired by lively microorganisms.

Food as Medicine Counseling:  Culturally Relevant High-Iron Food Counseling for Hmong and Afghan Clients with Anemia

An Active Learning session with Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant students will explore culturally relevant high iron food sources, menus and food samples to counsel Hmong and Afghan clients with iron deficiency anemia.

Studies have shown improvement in health outcomes when patients are provided language and culture specific resources. Student clinician (FNP/PA) training in patient nutritional counseling and the skills to access multicultural dietary resources is best learned early in clinical training.  The learning activity, “Food for Health, Food as Medicine”, identifies resources for immigrant populations experiencing food insecurity and anemia. The activity will promote dietary counseling, strengthen clinician cultural humility and address social determinants of health.

Future Food: Cutting-Edge Career Opportunities in Sustainable Animal Agriculture

This panel will represent a variety of careers in animal-sourced food industries that are currently using sustainable and innovative practices.  Both large producers and small companies will be represented in a variety of job sectors.  Alumni and professionals in varied levels will give their best career advice and answer questions.  Networking and refreshments to follow the panel.

March 2020

Cultivating Food and Inclusive Employment–A Vertical Farm Takes Root in Wyoming

  • March 5, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.    
  • Silverado Sensory Theater, Robert Mondavi Institute for wine and food science
  • Sponsored by: Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, School of Education–Teacher Education
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Mini-Grant Recipient

Join us for a screening of the new award-winning documentary "Hearts of Glass." The film is about an audacious social venture in Wyoming that combines high-tech local food production and meaningful employment for people with disabilities. Plants and people grow together in this intimate portrait of innovation, inclusion and community. After the movie, stay for a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Jennifer Tennican, local food experts, disability self-advocates and other important stakeholders. Following the panel, enjoy a reception featuring local food and drinks. Students are encouraged to share their insights and thoughts.

Food for Health, Food as Medicine: Active Learning Educational Approach in Dietary Counseling for FNP & PA Students

A Faculty Development session will review an Active Learning Module for FNP/PA Student Clinicians in culturally focused diet counseling and resources for Afghan and Hmong clients with Iron Deficiency Anemia using “food as medicine”.

Studies have shown improvement in health outcomes when patients are provided language and culture specific resources. This learning activity engages FNP/PA student clinicians in small groups to recognize Afghan and Hmong cultural risks for iron deficiency anemia, develop multicultural resources for counseling and local sourcing of high iron foods to promote “food as medicine”. The activity will enhance requisite clinician multicultural dietary counseling skills, strengthen clinician cultural humility and address social determinants of health in local immigrant populations.

Exploring the Cultural Diversity of Sacramento Region Farms: Field Trip to Choi and Daughters Produce Farm

  • March 2020, 9:00 a.m.   
  • Departing from the Bowley Plant Sciences Teaching Facility
  • Sponsored by: Student Farm, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Mini-Grant Recipient

The Sacramento Valley, known for its rich soil, innovative farmers, and local food system is home to farmers who come from diverse backgrounds. This field trip series will explore four farms who play important roles in our regional food system: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation's farm and ranch in the Capay Valley, 3 Sisters Gardens of Broderick in West Sacramento, Choi and Daughters Produce in Winters, and R Kelley Farms in Fremont. Registration required, space is limited.

April 2020

Exploring the Cultural Diversity of Sacramento Region Farms: Field Trip to Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Farm

  • April 4, 2020, 9:00 a.m.    
  • Departing from the Bowley Plant Sciences Teaching Facility
  • Sponsored by: Student Farm, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Mini-Grant Recipient

The Sacramento Valley, known for its rich soil, innovative farmers, and local food system is home to farmers who come from diverse backgrounds. This field trip series will explore four farms who play important roles in our regional food system: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation's farm and ranch in the Capay Valley, 3 Sisters Gardens of Broderick in West Sacramento, Choi and Daughters Produce in Winters, and R Kelley Farms in Fremont. Registration required, space is limited.

Bright Spots and Blind Spots: Using Big Data to Improve Water Research in Latin America

The UC Davis Water Management lab invites you to an evening of networking and discussion about how to use data science to inform environmental research questions. Using water resources research in Latin America and the Caribbean as a case study, this event will include a brief research seminar followed by a happy hour poster session. We will share our cutting edge research results that combine data, earth, and social sciences to describe past water research in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Fruits of our Labor

Uplift the voices of workers who share their triumphs and challenges of labor organizing to build solidarity that will enlighten our understanding of the labor struggle in agriculture.  Enjoy artistic expression related to the themes of food and labor, engage in a worker panel, and network to build solidarity with workers, organizers, students, and community members for an equitable and just food system. Visit our Facebook event page.

Exploring the Cultural Diversity of Sacramento Region Farms: Field Trip to Three Sisters Urban Farm

  • April 11, 2020, 10:30 am    
  • Departing from the Bowley Plant Sciences Teaching Facility
  • Sponsored by: Student Farm, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Mini-Grant Recipient

The Sacramento Valley, known for its rich soil, innovative farmers, and local food system is home to farmers who come from diverse backgrounds. This field trip series will explore four farms who play important roles in our regional food system: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation's farm and ranch in the Capay Valley, 3 Sisters Gardens of Broderick in West Sacramento, Choi and Daughters Produce in Winters, and R Kelley Farms in Fremont. Registration required, space is limited.

The Other Collective BannerThe Politics of Food: From South and Southwest Asian and North African Homelands to the Diaspora

The Politics of Food issue of Other Collective will display the complex relations with food production and its consumption. Our relationship with food is dynamic because apart from what it means to us culturally, it is also a channel of global political exchange and empowerment - exploring umbrella food systems or its role as a historical and environmental agent in the primary goal of the issue. Guest submissions discussing diasporic or regional pieces on this topic are welcome on our website.

Drawing of kraut in a mason jar
Image by Sean Nash

Building Community Ferment

  • April 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    
  • Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, Blanchard Community Room
  • Sponsored by: Radical Mycology Collective, Friends of the Davis Library
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Mini-Grant Recipient

In this hands-on workshop we make shredded vegetable ferments together in small groups and everyone leaves with their own jar of collaboratively-made kraut. Building Community Ferment is both a practical introduction to the art of transforming vegetables through bacterial collaboration and a creative space to ponder our relationships to each other and the more-than-human world. Come prepared to meet new people, learn a fun do-it-together skill, and be inspired by lively microorganisms.

Horticulture for Development

Although hosted at the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis' demonstration garden, the event will welcome innovators on campus who are developing technologies suitable for smallholder farmers to display and present to visitors. There are efforts on campus to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in developing countries that would benefit from an event congregating all the actors so that students, faculty, and Davis residents can learn about them.

Critical Perspectives on Feeding the World

"Critical Perspectives on Feeding the World‚" provides a forum for critical social science and interdisciplinary conversations on agriculture, the environment, and politics. The event highlights leading scholars and activists doing work related to political ecology, agroecology, socially-just agriculture, and California food systems. The event features two sessions that bring together scholars and early career discussants with diverse viewpoints, and a third panel with early career scholars.

May

“Food as Medicine”, Clinical Staff In-Service on Cultural Nutrition Counseling Resources for Afghans and Hmong with Anemia

Clinical Staff Inservice focused upon Afghan and Hmong risks for anemia, local resources for high iron foods as therapeutic treatment for iron deficiency anemia and food samplers of Afghan and Hmong high iron foods will be offered.

Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic serves immigrant Hmong and Afghan families, cared for by UCD Academic Clinical Faculty and students from the Schools of Nursing and Medicine.  Due to health disparities, they often suffer from chronic iron deficiency anemia and food insecurity from language barriers, lack of nutritional literacy and knowledge of local food resources. This training will Inform clinic staff of cultural risks, focused counseling skills and local resources for a high iron diet to use “food as medicine”. Hmong and Afghan food samplers of high iron foods will be provided.

Exploring the Cultural Diversity of Sacramento Region Farms: Field Trip to Kelley Farms

  • May 23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.    
  • Departing from the Bowley Plant Sciences Teaching Facility
  • Sponsored by: Student Farm, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Mini-Grant Recipient

The Sacramento Valley, known for its rich soil, innovative farmers, and local food system is home to farmers who come from diverse backgrounds. This field trip series will explore four farms who play important roles in our regional food system: Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation's farm and ranch in the Capay Valley, 3 Sisters Gardens of Broderick in West Sacramento, Choi and Daughters Produce in Winters, and R Kelley Farms in Fremont. Registration required, space is limited.

Northern California Innovative Cooking Competition

  • May 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
  • Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
  • Sponsored by: Confucius Institute within Global Affairs at UC Davis

The Annual Innovative Cooking Competition is a fun opportunity for any amateur chef in the community to be inspired to create an original dish utilizing at least one Lee Kum Kee ingredient. Six finalists will cook their dishes on site for our judges, and are awarded cash prizes at the ensuing Gala Dinner event. Visit the Confucius Institute website for more Chinese food and beverage events.

June 2020
Drawing of kraut in a mason jar
Image by Sean Nash

Building Community Ferment

  • June 13, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    
  • Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, Blanchard Community Room
  • Sponsored by: Radical Mycology Collective, Friends of the Davis Library
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Mini-Grant Recipient

In this hands-on workshop we make shredded vegetable ferments together in small groups and everyone leaves with their own jar of collaboratively-made kraut. Building Community Ferment is both a practical introduction to the art of transforming vegetables through bacterial collaboration and a creative space to ponder our relationships to each other and the more-than-human world. Come prepared to meet new people, learn a fun do-it-together skill, and be inspired by lively microorganisms.

September 2020

Career Trek: Explore the Industry of Organic Dairy Production

This Career Trek will take undergraduate and graduate students to visit a local organic dairy producer to spend the day learning about the industry, touring a farm and processing facility, and networking with a variety of professionals in the field.  Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate.  Select alumni may be eligible.  Seating is limited. Registration will open early April 2020.

October 2020

Cal Fresh Healthy Living, University of California LogoThe Future of Food: Exploring Food System Career Pathways for Young People

Come hear the voices of young people across California and UC Davis, as well as professionals from the field, share how their involvement in The Future of Food project and Youth-led Participatory Action Research has challenged them and influenced their future. The presentation will include findings, learnings, and experiences from youth exploring food issues in their local communities, as well as how the community of UC Davis can connect with young people as they explore career pathways.

Upcoming Events

Unpacking the Plan: How Local Food Policy Impacts UC Davis Students

This event will introduce the Food and Economic Development Plan, a recent initiative to change food system policy in Davis. We will unpack the plan and policies with a critical eye toward assessing the potential policy impacts on students. We will learn about policy engagement at the local level and work as a group to communicate our findings to local leaders.

Past Events

Oceans Role in Sustainable Food Production

  • September 16-17, 2019
  • Robert Mondavi Institute Silverado Vineyard Sensory Theater
  • Co-sponsored by: UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, the UC Davis Sustainable Oceans National Research Training Program, UC Davis California Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • 2019 Campus Global Theme Grant Recipient

Our symposium will present the current scientific, economic, social, and governance issues surrounding the ocean’s role in global food production and explore potential impacts of climate change on these functions and processes. Sessions include commercial fisheries management, aquaculture development, marine inputs in aquaculture and agriculture and forage fisheries management and conservation.

Image by Sean Nash
Image by Sean Nash

Building Community Ferment

In this hands-on workshop we make shredded vegetable ferments together in small groups and everyone leaves with their own jar of collaboratively-made kraut. Building Community Ferment is both a practical introduction to the art of transforming vegetables through bacterial collaboration and a creative space to ponder our relationships to each other and the more-than-human world. Come prepared to meet new people, learn a fun do-it-together skill, and be inspired by lively microorganisms.


More Information

This program complements the work of Global Education for All, an initiative to engage 100% of UC Davis students—undergraduate, graduate and professional—in global learning before graduation.

Global Affairs announced the 2020-21 call for mini-grant proposals for the inaugural Campus Global Theme program. A subsequent call for proposals will be open from April – June, 2020.

Read the Campus Global Theme Statement of Purpose, written by Ermias Kebreab, associate dean of Global Engagement in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the World Food Center, and Erica Kohl-Arenas, faculty director of Imagining America and associate professor of American Studies, who are serving as the faculty co-chairs for this theme.