UC President Janet Napolitano announced a major University of California initiative intended to marshal resources across the UC system to address global challenges related to food.

The UC Global Food Initiative grows out of a commitment by Napolitano and the 10 UC campus chancellors to work collectively to intensify and expand the efforts of the world’s premier public research university to support healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and food security. Napolitano says the goal is far-reaching.

It is to do all we can to help the world learn to feed itself in ways that are healthy and sustainable in the use of resources. Our starting blocks for this initiative are our 10 campuses, our Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. That power of 10-plus makes UC well poised to take on this challenge on a scale not possible by any other higher education entity in the world.

Read more about the initiative.