Good afternoon.

Nearly every individual we’ve profiled in the last year has expressed how much the work of young people working to improve and create change in the food system is inspiring them. The UC Food Observer agrees.

Good work should be celebrated…so we’re delighted to share this information about a new and important award. It’s sponsored by the University of California, but nominations are open to any person under 30 working or studying in the food system, affiliated with any institution – or none – any place across the globe.

This is great stuff. Here are the details:

30 Under 30 Awards. The University of California Global Food Initiative has announced its “30 Under 30″ awards, designed to honor 30 young leaders who are working toward solving the global food crisis. Nominees may be from within or outside of the UC system and from anywhere in the world. The awards will honor individuals who will be 30 years old or younger in 2016 and who are working or studying in the food industry (writ large).  The focus of their work might be in agriculture, technology, business, cultural studies, education, environmental sustainability, advocacy, food (media, policy, security), public service, social justice, farming and/or research.

The deadline for nominations is February 29th, 2016; submit nominations here. Finalists will be contacted by the selection committee directly and awards will be announced in May. Questions? Email

About the UC’s Global Food Initiative: it was launched in July 2014 by UC President Janet Napolitano. The goal? To harness the institution’s resources to address one of the most critical issues of our time…how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025. #GlobalFood


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