Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fuzzy Food

In an earlier post today, yours truly noted that UC President Napolitano was about the announce some kind of global food project but that we would have to await the details.

Now it's been announced and what it is exactly remains rather fuzzy:

University of California President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that she plans to leverage the state's role in agriculture and research to tackle one of the world's most pressing problems: food...

The idea for the project came out of a dinner Napolitano and the system's 10 campus chancellors had at Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, which is regarded as the birthplace of California cuisine and its emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. But its goal is "audacious" and "far-reaching," she said... 

Napolitano unveiled the system-wide project at a Berkeley middle school where Chez Panisse owner and fresh food activist Alice Waters founded a demonstration garden two decades ago that has become a model for other "edible schoolyards," including one first lady Michelle Obama planted at the White House.  Waters said she hopes the university's involvement will bring the conversation to a new level. "I am putting all my eggs in her basket," she said as she presented Napolitano with a container of eggs that she said were hatched by her own chickens Tuesday morning.

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If anyone can figure out exactly what is involved here, do let yours truly know.  A budget would be a good starting point to clear up the fuzziness.  The only thing that is clear at this point is that the first beneficiary was the upscale Chez Panisse, both for the PR and for the bill to feed ten chancellors, one UC president, and whoever else attended.

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