University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center

UC Global Food Series 2015-16

This series is a partnership between UC Riverside and Hidden Harvest.

Fri. Apr. 22, 2016 • Earth Day Celebration!

Food ChainsCelebrate Earth Day at UCR Palm Desert! Earth Day is a time to reflect and focus on food security and access, nutrition, sustainability, and community. Join us for a workshop from the Earthwatch Institute and a screening of the award-winning Food Chains.

  • 4-5:30pm Friday, April 22, 2016: Earthwatch Institute Workshop
    Join the Earthwatch Institute to learn how to take urban tree measurements and participate as a citizen scientist in their Focal Trees project, a joint research initiative between the Earthwatch Institute and UC Riverside. The data collected will be used by scientists at UC Riverside to determine the water usage and cooling benefits of common urban tree species in a climate gradient ranging from the desert to the ocean, and build urban resiliency in Southern California.
  • 6pm Friday, April 22, 2016: Screening of Food Chains
    In the exposé documentary, Food Chains, an intrepid group of Florida farm workers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through the Fair Food program, which partners growers with retailers to improve working conditions for U.S. farm laborers. 

    Executive producer Eva Longoria and fellow producer Eric Schlosser, labor activist and author of Fast Food Nation, bring together this moving and illuminating film, narrated by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. 

    Food Chains not only sheds light on the horrific conditions for harvest workers, but it raises awareness about the corporations that perpetuate the problem.

RSVP for Earth Day!  Come for one event or both!


Mar. 16, 2016 Healthy Habits

Claudia Kawas, chief neurologist and researcher at UC Irvine, discusses health, aging, nutrition, Alzheimer's in ways we may have not considered before.

Feb. 17, 2016 • Why We Waste Food

Jonathan Bloom, renowned author and journalist, on why we waste food, why it matters, and what we can do about it.

Jan. 20, 2016 Drought and the Desert

John Powell, Jr., president of the Coachella Valley Water District Board and CEO of Peter Rabbit Farms addressed the issue of drought and agricultural production in our region.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796

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