DAVIS, California, 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
"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 Davis.
"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
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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