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The Future of Food

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How UC Davis researchers are developing innovative, sustainable ways to feed the world

UC Davis
(10 min 11 sec)

As the top-ranked university in the world for agriculture and one of the top 10 public universities in the nation, UC Davis is uniquely positioned to host a World Food Center that will tackle one of the most critical issues facing society today — how to feed and nourish a growing planet in an environmentally sustainable way.

With the world’s population projected to increase to nine billion by 2050, there’s an urgent need to reform food production to meet the rising demand. It becomes even more daunting when one considers how climate change will affect food production, the way food is grown and its ultimate role in human health.

Few major universities have the interdisciplinary research strengths and legacy of breakthroughs that UC Davis does in agriculture, food science, health, genetics, biotechnology, intellectual property, sustainability, engineering and the social sciences and humanities.

The UC Davis World Food Center is the one university that is committed to bold leadership and productive scholarship in the following areas:

  • Research: Collaborative and strategic research results.
  • Innovation: Tech transfer and intellectual property compensation in ways that reward collaboration.
  • Industry: Pre-competitive and university partnerships that drive innovation.
  • Policy: Policy coordination and goal-setting collaborations through agency and government entities.
  • Education: Fulfilling the purpose and intent of land-grant institutions.

The World Food Center will help generate economic development in the Northern California region and expand the connections between agriculture, innovation and entrepreneurship. UC Davis is the one university to make this vision come alive.