University of California, Riverside

UCR Global Food Initiative


Lecture Series


A systemwide lecture series on healthy students, healthy campuses and healthy communities to raise the profile of food and health interface issues as an integrated part of our daily lives, starting locally and building globally.

2017 Lectures

What is the value of a tree? treevalue333
Lecture Series
February 21, 2017

Trees feature prominently in global culture. Iconic trees include the source of Newton's apple, Buddha's enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the sacred Tree of Life in mythologies around the world. Trees provide security and shelter and are valuable resources for sciences, health and technology. It's frankly hard to imagine a world without trees. Clearly, trees are important, if not essential, to human culture.

A panel of knowledgeable speakers, spoke on February 21-23, 2017 about the importance of trees. This panel was made up of Ryan Berk, co-owner and founder of Parliament Chocolate in Redlands, CA, Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology Darrel Jenerette, and Deputy Director of the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) Jason Sohigian.

Read more about this event on The Highlander.



2015 Lectures


 The Science of Food and Health

What we eat is central to our health.  In keeping with this idea, a lecture series on the science of food and health begins at the University of California, Riverside on April 2015.

The lectures – four in total – were presented by the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in partnership with the California Agriculture and Food Enterprise (CAFÉ) at UCR and the UC Global Food Initiative.

Read more and watch all Spring 2015 lectures videos and download the lectures slides



GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction

Lecture Series
November 4, 2015

Faculty from CNAS and UC Davis were part of a discussion, "GMOs: All Facts, No Fiction," on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at the UCR Extension Center. Moderating the discussion was Greg Jaffe, Director of Biotechnology at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by the Global Food Initiative at UCR.

Alan McHughen, CE Biotechnlology Specialist and Geneticist, UC Riverside
Norm Ellstrand, Professor of Genetics, UC Riverside
Belinda Martineau, Senior Writer, Institute for Social Sciences, UC Davis
Josette Lewis, Associate Director, World Food Center, UC Davis


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