Gardening and Agriculture
Part II of a lecture by Donna Hirschfelt and Lynn Wunderlich, UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors, as they introduce UC Master Gardener students to entomology. Topics include insect classification and common pests and beneficials. Included a review of the major taxonomic orders of insects and their key characteristics.
Our grandparents were mostly farmers and ranchers, but now food is produced by less than 3% of the population. This tenuous situation is spreading across the world, from developed countries to the grasslands of Mongolia. The threat to remaining family ranchers in the US and herders of Mongolia has never been more pressing. Can we find a place for the form of livestock production that sustained civilization for thousands of years, or will the pressure of overpopulation and modern production relegate true sustainability to something 'Out of the Past?
From the field to the table, UC Davis researchers are on the front line of research, working to make safe, healthy and flavorful food. Hear from a family caught in the deadly 2006 E. coli outbreak, chemists working on improving the taste of food, chef Martin Yan, and California almond farmers, all benefiting from discoveries that lead to enhance the safety, quality and taste of our food supply.