Berkeley front and center in "alternative" food prize nominations
In a opinion piece responding to the World Food Prize being awarded to a Monsanto executive, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman served up several alternative nominations from prominent voices, most of whom have UC Berkeley and CNR connections.
Berkeley journalism professor and food guru Michael Pollan nominated agroecology expert Miguel Altieri, a professor of environmental science, policy, and management. Altieri's work with peasant farms in Latin America has demonstrated that "impressive increases in yield can be achieved by means of crop diversification, integrated pest management, and nutrient cycling," Pollan said.
Diet for a Hot Planet author Anna Lappé, director of Food MythBusters, nominated the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, who will be the first visiting scholar at the new Berkeley Food Institute, a fledgling interdisciplinary research center led by CNR faculty. De Schutter travels around the world assessing nation-level food and hunger issues with the perspective of food as a human right.