Food systems

Precooling Vegetables in California Production (video #16 of 26)

August 27, 2019
Cooling vegetables just after harvest prolongs shelf life and maintains quality. Most California vegetables are precooled before shipment using Cold air, Cold water, Ice, and/or Vacuum. Several of these were developed at UC Davis in the 1970s and 1980s in Plant Sciences, and in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

‘Just Coffee’ Course Brings Global Perspective to Students

June 04, 2019
UC Davis students in the online 'Just Coffee' course get a new, globally-conscious perspective on the caffeinated beverage. The course was the inspiration of Patrick Brown, Professor of Plant Sciences, who imagined the course as an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of the global food system through coffee. (video included)

Making the Case for Fruits and Vegetables

March 08, 2019
The importance of eating fruits and vegetables is making headlines again, with studies on nutrition security, nutrient consumption, and a global diet with increased consumption of fruits and vegetables to meet healthy diet goals.