Projects

Improving agricultural water efficiency in the Central Valley

California is the nation’s largest agricultural producer, providing more than 400 different farm products and producing nearly half of the country’s fruits, nuts and vegetables. It also takes 40 percent of all of California’s available surface water to do so. Given pressure from climate change, drought and increasing population, a sustainable water supply management system...

Eat Your Water by Sam Swartz

Although the last year brought much needed rainfall, California is still facing a long-term drought. In many parts of the state, crops and farmland remain under stress and the state’s agricultural economy is still under threat. One of the most egregious wasters of water is the beef industry, which not only takes valuable water from...

Environmental Storytelling Collaboration with KCET

LENS has launched a major collaboration with KCET, Southern California’s independent public TV and digital media company. The project provides a public platform for LENS members’ research on environmental narrative and culture and for the innovative work of UCLA Film and Television faculty and students. Working with KCET producers and editors, we are developing immersive...