UC Santa Cruz alumnus Mark Lipson, who chaired the Organic Working Group at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2010 to 2014, with some of the dry-framed tomatoes grown at Molino Creek Farm.

Farm to label: How alumnus helped bring organic labeling policy to the nation

Mark Lipson's career has taken him from Santa Cruz to Washington, D.C., and back again, now as a research associate with UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

bowl of spinach

How clean is your spinach?

Mom was right about washing the greens: Researchers believe peaks and valleys in leaves could be key to numerous bacterial outbreaks involving leafy green vegetables.

Agricultural intervention improves HIV outcomes

Helping HIV positive Kenyans improve farming practices counters hunger.

California drought has hit the Central Valley hard.

Drought costs California agriculture $1.8B, 10,100 jobs in 2015

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by UC Davis.

A farming landscape can be co-managed for both produce safety and nature conservation. Promising practices include buffering farm fields with non-crop vegetation to filter pathogens from runoff and planting low-risk crops between leafy green vegetables an

Clearing habitat surrounding farm fields fails to reduce pathogens

The effort to improve food safety by clearing wild vegetation surrounding crops is not helping, and in some cases may even backfire, according to a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley.

Gift funds new chair in water resources and food sustainability

Endowed chair named for professor emeritus Steve Gliessman, holder of campus's first endowed chair and a pioneer in agroecology.

Ian Davies and Ankita Raturi

From classrooms to fields, students dig into food fellowships

Global Food Initiative fellows represent a broad cross-section of students.

The UC Global Food Initiative is off to a fast start.

UC Global Food Initiative marks first year

The initiative is off to a fast start as faculty, students and staff from across the 10-campus UC system focus their collective power on food issues.

LLNL biologists James Thissen and Crystal Jaing along with researchers from Kansas State University found that the Microbial Detection Array could help identify diseases in the commercial swine industry.

Lawrence Livermore Lab technology could help detect diseases in commercial swine industry

The biological detection system also could be useful for cattle and poultry diagnostic tests, as well as for pets such as dogs and cats.

Perfect storm of drought and unrest

A growing body of research suggests that extreme weather — using Syria as an example — increases the chances of violence, from individual attacks to full-scale wars.

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