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Expert will speak about sustainable food systems

By From page A1 | September 04, 2013

Agricultural bounty can be taken for granted in a place like Davis. But Tom Tomich, founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, will speak Friday about how to ensure sustainable food systems here and elsewhere as part of the Yolo Farm to Every Fork Lecture Series. UC Davis/Courtesy photo

Tom Tomich, founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, will speak Friday about sustainable food systems as part of the Yolo Farm to Every Fork Lecture Series. His talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon at the Davis Chamber of Commerce office, 604 Third St. in downtown Davis.

Yolo Farm to Every Fork emerged from a partnership of Yolo Food Connect and Yolo Ag & Food Alliance.

Tomich also is a professor of community development, environmental science and policy and director of the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. He was principal economist for the World Agroforestry Centre from 1994 to 2006.

During that time, he worked in Southeast Asia and Kenya, leading long-term collaborative partnerships aiming to raise productivity and income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services.

Before that, Tomich spent 10 years as a policy adviser and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and also served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at Harvard University.

He has broad interests and experience in agriculture, including agroforestry and other farming systems; economic development strategy and policy; hunger and food policy; natural resource management (land, water, trees, forests, air quality); integrated ecosystem assessment; sustainability science; global and regional environmental issues; strategic planning and adaptive program management.

Tomich was raised on a family farm in Orangevale. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Davis in 1979 and his Ph.D. in food research from Stanford University in 1984.

For more information on the series, contact Diane Parro at [email protected] or 530-757-5581.

Enterprise staff

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