Thursday, August 12, 2010

UC Davis gets $1.6M gift from Kellogg Foundation

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 10:35am PDT
UC Davis gets $1.6M gift from Kellogg Foundation
Sacramento Business Journal - by Kelly Johnson Staff writer

The University of California Davis announced Wednesday that the campus is receiving a gift of almost $1.6 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation targeting healthy food for kids.

The money will create a Kellogg Foundation endowment to support the Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability, a network of scholars from 14 universities, a news release said.

The UC Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute will manage the endowment, which will help the network improve food-system sustainability to advance the health of people, society and the natural environment.

“UC Davis is recognized globally for its agricultural and environmental research and is a leader in scientific study of sustainability,” Neal Van Alfen, dean of the university’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said in the release. “This investment by the Kellogg Foundation will allow us to work nationally with colleagues to identify the most critical issues in agricultural and food-system sustainability and to provide solutions toward sustainable food systems for everyone.”

Also participating in the network are Iowa State University and its Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Michigan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, UC Santa Cruz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, University of New Hampshire, University of New Mexico, University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin and Washington State University.

The network will add more universities and scholars in the future.