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Q & A: Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is an award-winning journalist, a prolific author, a professor at the University of California Berkeley, and a fierce and tireless advocate for sustainable living. An internationally renowned speaker, …

Q&A: Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is a journalist, food writer and a prolific book author (fourteen books and counting). His best-selling How to Cook Everything is considered the definitive guide to home cooking. …

Urban foraging: can it feed people?

Nathanael Johnson (@savortooth of Grist)¬†explores urban foraging, providing a point and counter-point to an incredibly interesting topic. The piece is informative and philosophical. It posits a simple question: “What if …

U.S. ag census data: most farms are small

Background: Every five years, the USDA conducts a Census of Agriculture. (This is twice as often as the U.S. Census). The data collected in the ag census is used for …

Friday Wrap: 1/30/2015

UC Food Observer chooses a handful of important stories for you to read as you finish your work week. On the menu, in no particular order: A survey of feedlot …

Edible Education 101 begins 1/26

UC Berkeley’s Food Institute, in collaboration with Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project and other partners, are offering a course entitled “Edible Education 101: The Rise and Future of the Food …

Friday Wrap: 1/23/2015

UC Food Observer chooses a handful of important stories for you to read as you finish your work week. On the menu, in no particular order: animal welfare; a student …

Bittman: The State of Food

On the eve of President Obama’s State of the Union address, Mark Bittman provides his own take on the “State of Food” in a piece appearing in the New York …