Food writer, author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman has teamed with the University of California and the campus’s Berkeley Food Institute — where he’s currently a distinguished visiting fellow — on a video series focused on food-related research that launches today.
The 10-part series, “Mark Bittman: California Matters,” takes the renowned writer across the state to explore leading-edge UC research in food, sustainable agriculture, policy and health.
Episodes in the series will include a look at restaurant workers’ rights with Saru Jayaraman, director of UC Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center; the role of pollinators in crop production, with Berkeley ecologist Claire Kremen; the effects of pesticide exposure on mothers and children in the Salinas Valley, with epidemiologist Brenda Eskenazi, of Berkeley’s School of Public Health; and the changing face of California agriculture, with Jennifer Sowerwine, a researcher in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.
During his time in California, Bittman says, “I want to find out as much as I can about the agriculture and food research surrounding it. There’s a lot going on out here.”
For more details, or to watch the series, visit the UC website.