The College of Natural Resources (CNR) at UC Berkeley, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley Law, and the School of Public Health, have joined together to develop a research and policy institute dedicated to studying and galvanizing the transition to more resilient and just food systems, from local to global scales. The Institute will foster innovative connections between research, education, policy, practice, and social movements to develop and strengthen sustainable food and agriculture systems that are healthy, just, diverse and resilient.
The Berkeley Food Institute works to catalyze and support transformative change in food systems, to promote diversity, justice, resilience, and health, from the local to the global.
1. Creating a nexus of research, education, policy, practice, and social movements
2. Conducting research that is:
- Interdisciplinary and innovative
- Participatory and collaborative
- Actionable and methodologically robust
- Aims to foster and strengthen sustainable and just food systems on local through global scales
3. Fostering connections between, and contributions from, the UC Berkeley scholarly community, the broader public, and policy-makers.
The overarching question the Institute seeks to address is this: how do we facilitate and contribute to the transition of food and agriculture systems from being highly industrialized, consolidated, homogenized, and globalized system to become healthful, ecologically and culturally diverse, regenerative, and socially and economically just?
We will strategically identify specific policy areas in which the work of Berkeley faculty and students can make a difference. We will then collaborate with various community partners and other stakeholders to produce action-oriented policy briefs, convene and facilitate small working groups and larger public events on critical topics, build relationships with influential actors in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and undertake strategic activities that get our message out. The policy strategy and activities will be a cornerstone of the Berkeley Food Institute’s early work.