July 8, 2005 (ENS): The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
has made a gift of $1.5 million to establish an endowed
chair to support the new Agricultural Sustainability
Institute at the University of California-Davis.
The gift will fund the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in
Sustainable Food Systems within the institute.
The foundation also has provided a $95,000 grant to
help the institute initiate and host an annual symposium
series for the nation's academic leaders in the areas
of the sustainability of agriculture and food systems.
"We are pleased that the Kellogg Foundation shares
our vision for establishing UC Davis as an international
hub for research and training in sustainable agriculture,"
said Neal Van Alfen, dean of UC Davis' College of Agricultural
and Environmental Sciences.
"These two gifts will enable us to bring in top
quality leadership to guide the institute and hold annual
meetings with experts in this field so that they are
better equipped to advise policymakers, agriculturists,
foundation leaders and community advocates."
The institute, established just this year, is now under
the leadership of Interim Director Cal Qualset, a professor
emeritus of agronomy and range science, and former director
of the Genetic Resources Conservation Program at UC
"The time is ripe for the formation of the Agricultural
Sustainability Institute," Qualset said. "Consumers
want to buy healthful foods, producers are committed
to protecting natural resources and university researchers
are keenly interested in the serious science behind
the concept of sustainable agriculture."
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
has a 20 year history of furthering agricultural sustainability,
a concept that stresses environmental health, economic
profitability, and social and economic equity.
The institute will work with the UC Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education Program and with the California
Food and Fiber Future (CF3) Project, an educational
partnership currently funded through the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation's Food and Society Initiative at UC Davis.
It will be associated with the California Food Stamp
Nutrition Education Program, a collaborative effort
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the California
Department of Social Services and the University of
California to improve the diet and nutrition skills
of food stamp recipients and their families.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930
by cereal manufacturer Will Keith Kellogg "to help
people help themselves through the practical application
of knowledge and resources to improve their quality
of life and that of future generations."
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