Food & Agriculture

Raw Milk May Do More Harm Than Good

June 29, 2020
Not Properly Stored, It’s a Source of Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes

Raw or unpasteurized cows’ milk from U.S. retail stores can hold a huge amount of antimicrobial-resistant genes if left at room temperature, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. The study also found bacteria that harbored antimicrobial-resistant genes can transfer them to other bacteria, potentially spreading resistance if consumed.

Like Father, Like Son

June 26, 2020

When Caleb Sehnert was growing up, he naturally was curious about what his dad did for work. So, on his way to summer camp, he’d park his bicycle at the UC Davis Meat Lab and go inside to visit with his father, Dan.

What he got was a first-hand look at how beef cattle, hogs, sheep and goats are harvested, processed and packaged. Dan was manager of the lab for 14 years starting in 1981. Caleb, now 37, landed the same job in 2008 and still holds it.

Study Finds 82 Percent of Avocado Oil Rancid or Mixed With Other Oils

June 15, 2020
Food Scientist Says Standards Needed to Protect Consumers and Industry

Consumer demand is rising for all things avocado, including oil made from the fruit. Avocado oil is a great source of vitamins, minerals and the type of fats associated with reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But according to new research from food science experts at the University of California, Davis, the vast majority of avocado oil sold in the U.S. is of poor quality, mislabeled or adulterated with other oils.

How has coronavirus pandemic impacted California food, agriculture and environment?

June 02, 2020
New report explores long-term effect on state’s agricultural industries

A new report from agricultural economists at the University of California examines how COVID-19 continues to impact California agriculture. Profiles of leading California agricultural industries illustrate the different ways the pandemic has impacted leading industries like dairy, beef, and produce—industries that have scrambled to repurpose products from food service to retail—and tree nuts, an industry that saw a temporary spike in sales as consumers hoarded storable goods.

Bringing Big Data to the Vineyard

May 29, 2020

Big data is all around us –– even in the wine we drink. UC Davis’ Smart Farm Big Idea is tackling how to take some of this vast trove of information and synthesize it for the benefit of agriculture.

Mason Earles, assistant professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, is applying big data by merging agricultural and machine learning to glean information that improves vineyards’ health and yields.

Fight Against Big Soda Topic of UC Davis Public Webinar

May 21, 2020

The sticky business of sugar-sweetened beverages will be the topic of an online panel discussion with California Assemblymember Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, and an expert from the University of California, Davis, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 27.

Bloom, who authored a bill to tax soda in California, and UC Davis Assistant Professor Jennifer Falbe will discuss health risks and the addictive nature of sugary drinks, how soda taxes fund critical public health programs, and the story of California’s fight against Big Soda.

Undersecretary Replaces Ross for Discussion About COVID-19 Impacts on Food Supply Chain

May 06, 2020
Updated 11:50 a.m. May 8Jenny Lester Moffitt, undersecretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is taking the place of panelist Karen Ross, secretary of the department. Ross had to cancel her participation due to a scheduling conflict that arose.   Editor’s note: At the conclusion of the program, panelists will be available to meet with members of the media in a separate Zoom call.

How Much Does It Cost California Cannabis Growers to Safety Test?

April 23, 2020
Study Finds High Cost to Disposing of Rejected Product

The high cost of testing cannabis in California leads to higher prices for the consumer, which could drive consumers to unlicensed markets.

new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds the safety tests cost growers about 10 percent of the average wholesale price of legal cannabis. The biggest share of this expense comes from failing the test.

UC Davis Releases 6 New Varieties of Organic Beans

April 22, 2020
Field Trials Find Varieties Sustainable, High-Yielding and Disease-Resistant

Plant breeders at the University of California, Davis, are releasing six new varieties of organic beans. Field trials found that the new varieties produced high yields, and were resistant to bean common mosaic virus, a disease that prevents bean plants from maturing promptly and uniformly.