UC Davis Founding Director Tom Tomich to Speak about Sustainable Food Systems

Tom TomichFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

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Davis, Calif., Sept. 3, 2013 ─  Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor (district 2, Davis) announced today that Tom Tomich, founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, will speak about the critical issue of sustainable food systems as part of the Yolo Farm to Every Fork Lecture Series. Yolo Farm to Every Fork emerged from a partnership of Yolo Food Connect and Yolo Ag & Food Alliance. These events dovetail with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “America’s Farm to Fork Capital” initiative. The talk will take place at noon Friday, Sept. 6, at the Davis Chamber of Commerce office at 604   3rd Street. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Tomich also serves as a professor of community development, environmental science and policy and director of the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP).  Tomich was principal economist for the World Agroforestry Centre from 1994-2006. During that time, he worked with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, first in Southeast Asia and then as ASB global coordinator, based in Nairobi, Kenya, leading long-term collaborative partnerships at sites in the Amazon, Congo Basin and Southeast Asia aiming to raise productivity and income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services. Before that, Tomich spent 10 years as a policy advisor and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and also served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at HarvardUniversity. He has broad interests and experience in agriculture, including agroforestry and other farming systems; economic development strategy and policy; hunger and food policy; natural resource management (land, water, trees, forests, air quality); integrated ecosystem assessment; sustainability science; global and regional environmental issues; strategic planning and adaptive program management. Tomich was raised on a family farm in Orangevale. He received his BA in economics from UC Davis in 1979 and his PhD in Food Research from StanfordUniversity in 1984.

“We are so fortunate to have food systems experts like Dr. Tomich in our midst,” said Saylor. “Getting a broad perspective on this issue will allows us to plan better for our community’s needs.”

“We really do have extraordinary leadership in Yolo County on sustainable food issues. It’s great to have this opportunity to brainstorm ideas for collaboration,” said Tomich.

For more information, please contact Diane Parro at [email protected] or at 530-757-5581.

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