BFI_logoWhat makes a fair and sustainable agricultural system? How does the manner is which our food is harvested impact our health? How will global climate change and a growing population affect our food system? These are just some of the issues that the Berkeley Food Institute has tackled through its research and public policy since launching in 2013.

The Berkeley Food Institute, an interdisciplinary research center, draws from five schools: the College of Natural Resources, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley Law School, and the School of Public Health. The Institute uses education, policy initiatives and collaborative research between the schools to foster more sustainable and just food systems.

Fellowships, Internships and Workshops

The Institute is a great source for graduate students looking for workshops, jobs and fellowships. Applications are now being accepted for a summer student assistant for a workshop about leveraging research for policy change. Graduate students may apply by April 18, 2015. For more opportunities, check out Student Opportunities.

Food Institute Events

The Institute offers dynamic public events. Upcoming events include:

The Future of U.S. Climate Policy: Building Sustainable Legal Regimes
April 15, 4-5:30 pm

David Brower Center Earth Day
April 18, 12-6 pm

Film Screening of Thirsty for Justice: The Struggle for the Human Right to Water
April 23, 7-9:30 pm

What’s Next for the Food Movement? with Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman
April 27, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Archived videos such as “Cultivating Justice in Food Systems: People, Power and Policy” and “A Brief History of the Modern Food System” are available for viewing.

For more information, see Berkeley Food Institute Events.

Student Positions Available for Inclusive Food Programming Project

Four student positions are available for 2015-16 for students to assist with the project “Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Programming at UC Berkeley,” funded by the UC Berkeley Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Innovation Grant Program.