Topical Tag: Food Systems

The Magazine

UCLA students dig into Santa Monica Pier’s waste problem

If global food waste were a country, it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind only China and the United States. A team of UCLA students investigated the problem this year in one of the most iconic places in California. The Santa Monica Pier, with nine million yearly visitors, is a visible...


Special Event




Join artist Marina Zurkow and chefs Hank and Bean for a climate change conversation over Jellyfish Jerky and an environmental risk Mitigating Tea at their Rising Seas Hawker Stall. On your way to and from classes, meetings and daily life, we invite you to take a snack break that brings the scale and data of...

Special Event

KCET Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival (co-sponsored by LENS)

Open to the public


The second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival will take place Sat., April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa Monica (1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA. 90401) in partnership with Laemmle’s Theatres. Open to the public, the event kicks off with a screening of environmental shorts from...

Lecture Series

Will Farmed Fish Save Our Oceans, Delight Our Palates, and Provide Healthy Food for All?

The Conservation Science, Economics and Operations of Aquaculture


NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE WATCH THE LIVE STREAM HERE. Current projections estimate that the global population will surpass nine billion people by 2050 and total food demand will approximately double. Seafood is a major source of protein in many regions, but over 80 percent of the world’s fisheries are depleted or fished beyond capacity. Aquaculture—rearing...


Elaine Gan

Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher


Photo of Monica Smith

Monica Smith

Professor, Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Anthropology

Alison Partie

Alison Partie

Second Year D.Env Student

Environmental Science and Engineering


SAR Food Justice and Basic Needs Team

Pictured above, left to right: Maninder Kaur, Jasmine Summers- Evans, Rosemary Wallace, Diana Nguyen (Team Leader), Alicia Kwan (Team Leader), Melinda McMonigle, and Fiona Zhang   Increasing Student Accessibility to UCLA’s Basic Needs Resources   Project Description: Our project aims to help UCLA students gain access to the basic needs resources they may need. UCLA offers a wide array...

SAR University Apartments Waste Diversion Team

Pictured above, left to right: Emma Stanfield (Team Leader), Maia Rodriguez-Choi, Caroline Schrek, and Elizabeth Popescu. Not pictured: Zachary Devereux (Team Leader) and Cali Ngyuen.     Rethinking Trash: Understanding the Value of Food Waste   Project Description: The goal of this project is to successfully implement a composting system in University Apartments of UCLA’s campus. We will...

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Planet Innovation Podcast

Planet Innovation is a podcast about business solutions to solve environmental problems. We bring uplifting conversations with scientists and entrepreneurs who are creating innovative solutions for the planet. This is not another doom and gloom sustainability podcast. From solar clothing to lab-based meat, we discuss how science and entrepreneurship can save the earth. Season 1...


Using DNA barcoding to track seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles restaurants

D. Willette, S. Simmonds, S. Cheng, S. Estevez, T. Kane, H. Neutzel, M. Pilaud, R. Rachmawati, P. Barber

Published Work | 2017 | Conservation Biology

Does Organic Wine Taste Better? An Analysis of Experts’ Ratings

M. Delmas, O. Gergaud, J. Lim

Published Work | 2016 | Journal of Wine Economics

Open Source Foodways: Agricultural Commons and Participatory Art

Allison Carruth

Published Work | 2016 | ASAP Journal

In the News



Paul Barber in Quality Assurance & Food Safety

Paul Barber, a professor in theDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, recently released a study on fish fraud. This article on sushi mislabeling references Barber’s conclusions: “Sushi mislabeling is pervasive; intentional fraud is much less common. If we can solve the mislabeling issues, then we can focus on the intentional fraud.”



Stephanie Pincelt and Jennifer Jay in the Daily Bruin

UCLA’s Daily Bruin asked IoES professor Jennifer Jay and researcher Stephanie Pincetl how students can be more sustainable in 2019. Jay spoke about food choices and Pincetl spoke about energy and water choices. 



Pritzker nominee, Peter Hammarstedt, in a new vegan documentary

A new vegan documentary will be available to watch online – including on Plant Based News‘ YouTube channel and Facebook page – from November 11. The film, Let Us Be Heroes, explores the impact of our lifestyle choices on our health, the planet and our values and the steps to empower ourselves. It stars Captain...