The first innovation cycle was designed to foster uncommon interdisciplinary collaboration and generate transformational insights and real-world applications in the broad arenas of health, governance, knowledge, sustainability and values/behaviors.
Working with at least one UC Davis senate/federation member, innovation projects spearheaded novel and disruptive approaches to some of the key issues inherent in offering sustainable and equitable access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for the world’s burgeoning population. Other members were invited from across broad disciplines, including local and international physical and life sciences, social sciences and humanities, non-profits, food industry, venture groups, farming and ranching, business leaders, and software and hardware developers.
Regional and global breakthroughs in our understanding of the physical/environmental, social/cultural and economic/governance contexts of food production, processing, distribution and waste can transform industry and society. Eight projects in food, ag and health led the way.