On World Food Day, UCD looks to the future

by | Oct 21, 2015 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

It’s a time to think of those who don’t have enough food.

At Friday’s World Food Day celebration, UC Davis unveiled the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s new demonstration center, a small plot filled with lush vegetable beds and inventions for feeding the future.

Situated on a crook of land between Solano Field on old Old Davis Road and the south side of the Arboretum, the center provides opportunities for researchers to tinker with new projects in a setting that’s open to the public. 

The grand opening landed in conjunction with World Food Day, which commemorates the United Nation’s founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization on the same day back in 1945. This years theme, “Social Protection and Ag,” turned an eye towards possibilities in agriculture to reduce poverty.

“It’s a time for all of us to think about where food comes from and how it moves around the world … and today especially, people that don’t have enough to eat,” said Amanda Crump, associate director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab. 

UCD’s own Horticulture Innovation lab is pushing to do just that. Since 2009, the lab has supported research and efforts to empower small-scale growers around the world.

The lab’s focus is all about addressing the food and water needs of the future, both in the developing world and here at home. Technologies hone in on making agriculture more effective, with drying and refrigeration especially important when 30 to 80 percent of a crop can be lost before it makes it to market, explained Beth Mitcham, director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

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