New @ FSL

Launching a new project funded by USDA AMS: "Creating High Value Market Opportunities for California’s Small- and Mid-Scale Meat Producers"


Watch the overview video (February 2022)

 


New course offered spring 2022: "Climate Solutions Advocacy: Be the Media"
 

Understand, develop, script, and articulate a climate solution narrative in easily marketable language for direct advocacy purposes. Overview of limitations of conventional hierarchical media and the historic opportunity that digital social media provides to directly build public awareness of climate solutions. Analysis of recent grassroots “people-powered” web videos, petitions, and campaigns that use digital media to build direct support for urgently needed public interest solutions.

Guest instructor: journalist Jonathan Greenberg, with UC Davis Prof. Tom Tomich (ESP) and Prof. Tony Wexler (MAE/CEE/LAWR);

  • Term: Spring 2022
  • Meeting Days/Times: Wednesdays, 2:10-4:00 PM 
  • CRN: 39722
  • Class size max: 16, limited to graduate students.  Instructor’s permission required to enroll.
  • Contact name and email for student questions and enrollment: Tom Tomich tptomich@ucdavis.edu
  • Click here for the course flyer​​

JUST PUBLISHED:

Power vs Influence

Design and Implementation of a Workshop for Evaluation of the Role of Power in Shaping and Solving Challenges in a Smart Foodshed (February 2022)

 

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An objective-based prioritization approach to support trophic complexity through ecological restoration species mixes (February 2022)

 

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Governing Ecological Connectivity in Cross-Scale Dependent Systems (January 2022)

 

 

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FSL WHITE PAPER: "A New Era for Meat Processing in California?"

 

 

NOW ACCEPTING MANUSCRIPTS:

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"Sustainability" special collection on "Smart and Connected Regional Food Systems", co-edited by Tom Tomich and Casey Hoy

 
 
Collection publications, to date:

 
"Design and Implementation of a Workshop for Evaluation of the Role of Power in Shaping and Solving Challenges in a Smart Foodshed" (February 2022)

"Exploring Social Media Data to Understand How Stakeholders Value Local Food: A Canadian Study Using Twitter" (December 2021)

"Early Ethical Assessment: An Application to the Sustainability of Swine Body Scanners" (December 2021)

~Accepting manuscript submissions for publication throughout 2022~


FOOD SYSTEMS LAB

The Food Systems Lab (FSL) , directed by Dr. Thomas P. Tomich and housed in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has grown from our group's roots in sustainable sourcing and regional landscape assessment into a program on developing and improving the information management aspects of food system sustainability, in addition to continuing our core research areas. The primary focus of this cross-cutting informatics work is to improve how sustainability can be defined, measured, and operationalized by improving information management and connectivity among complex webs of challenges, data, and actors. 

Our work has four focus areas:

  1. Food supply chains
  2. Working landscapes
  3. Data curation, analytics, and visualization
  4. Community engagement and policy analysis.