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Excerpt: As you’ve probably heard — or seen, if you’ve traveled to Cuba — food (and, at times, the lack thereof) remains one of the most striking emblems of Cuba’s dysfunctional economic system. Let’s just say that the agreement between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will probably eventually mean big changes for the food supply in Cuba.
Nurit Katz is UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, a role that has her working to advance a variety of sustainability goals at the university, as well as teaching in the UCLA Extension’s Global Sustainability Certificate Program.
Katz participated in a panel at the Seedstock Reintegrating Agriculture conference in November,where she provided insight into efforts to move UCLA towards its goal of having 20 percent of its food procurement qualify as sustainable by 2020.
We caught up with her after the conference to find out more about how how she does her job, and what projects she is working on to achieve this ambitious goal.
Seedstock: Describe the path of your career; how you did you come to your role as UCLA’s First Chief Sustainability Officer?
Nurit Katz: My background is in environmental and outdoor education. I used to work with kids a lot, taking kids from the city who’d never been hiking out on the trail. I also brought kids to a farm-to-school program where they learned about how to grow healthy food. A lot of kids don’t even know where the food comes from, and they got to participate and help grow food and interact with the farm.That was a really great program.
Robert Egger is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, a culinary arts job training program for people coming out of foster care and incarceration. He also launched D.C. Central Kitchen, a similar effort, in 1989. L.A. Kitchen is currently in pilot phase and will launch in a new space in 2015. Read more about L.A. Kitchen in Seedstock here.
At the Seedstock Reintegrating Agriculture conference in November, Egger delivered a keynote in which he talked about waste, both in terms of food and human potential, and opportunity, in existing community resources and in the impending wave of older people who will be hungry in coming years.
Excerpt: According to the analysis, led by Lauren Ponisio (and published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London), there is evidence that sustainable agriculture – when done right – may have the potential to match the productivity of our dominant agricultural systems.
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists
EXCERPT: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture today announced goals that its member companies — including General Mills, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Cargill — have committed to in an effort to advance sustainable agriculture in the US.
Source: Environmental Leader
Excerpt: On Monday, Walmart held its second semi-annual Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting — webcast live and re-aired the following day — and announced a new pledge to help create a more sustainable food system. Taken at face value, the country’s largest food retailer appears to be making a real commitment to help develop a healthier, more affordable, and less environmentally damaging food supply. Walmart’s real legacy in this area, though, will be measured by how much concrete action follows its ambitious commitments.
Source: Triple Pundit
Excerpt: The tour was organized by Seedstock, a Los Angeles-based company that offers consulting services and disseminates information about sustainable food projects. It hosts an annual conference on sustainable agriculture, which begins Wednesday at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. This year’s theme is “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities.”
Source: LA Times
Urban agriculturists and sustainable food enthusiasts toured across the Los Angeles metropolitan area Tuesday, the first day of Seedstock’s Reintegrating Agriculture conference, visiting a broad array of urban agriculture taking root in the city
First stop: The rooftop of the Jonathan Club, where the venerable old private social club has installed a rooftop farm in partnership with Farmscape to supply its restaurant. Visitors were treated to a variety of pastries and fruit drinks derived from ingredients grown right on the rooftop.