This uniquely UC Berkeley course, now in its sixth year, explores the future of food, its diverse systems, and movements. Edible Education 101 is a weekly lecture series that brings renown experts – leading academics and practitioners – to UC Berkeley to share their visions, research, and experiences about food and its critical role in our culture, well-being and survival.
The food system is a complex web of interconnected relationships and disciplines. The way food tastes, is produced, distributed and eaten has everything to do with our personal-planetary health and sustainability. Edible Education 101 reveals the links between agroecology, agronomy, anthropology, biology, business, economics, nutrition, philosophy, policy, sociology, technology and the arts. Past lecture topics have included organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and local food economies.
Edible Education 101 aims to inspire you to become more aware, informed and intentional about your role and participation in the food system. Learners also have an opportunity to experience the diverse disciplines and myriad career paths available to those desiring to impact the future of food in a meaningful way.
"Introduction to Edible Education 101: Course Overview and History and Future of Edible Education" with Alice Waters
"Farming: Food, Soil, Climate and Water" with David 'Mas' Masumoto
"How Food Policy Shapes US Culture and the Economy" with Robert Reich
"Understanding Food Workers and the Food System" with Saru Jayaraman
"Personalized Health, Nutrition, and the Microbiome" with Christopher Gardner, Bruce German, Justin Sonnenburg
"The Global Food System: Feeding 9 Billion" with Anna Lappé
"Entrepreneurship, Food, and Technology" with Megan Mokri, Kevin Brown, Vijay Karunamurthy, Naomi Starkman
"The Promise of Transparency in the Food System" with Michael Pollan and Raj Patel
Edible Education 101 with Gary Hirshberg and Paul Shapiro
"Hidden Kitchens: Telling Stories about Building Community through Food" with Davia Nelson, Sue Conley, and Peggy Smith.
"Food Access, Security, and Sustainability" with Michel Nischan
"Opportunities and Innovations in Food Waste" with Jesse Fink and Dana Gunders
"UC Berkeley Alumni Making a Difference in Food" with Ali Kelley, Paul Rice, and Aashi Vel
"Food Policy and Action: The Future of Food and Course Synthesis" with Sam Kass
About the Course Leaders
Alice Waters is a 1967 graduate of UC Berkeley and the founder of Chez Panisse and The Edible Schoolyard Project. She is respected as one of the most influential people in the world of food in the past 50 years and is a recipient of many honors including the 2014 National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama.
Will Rosenzweig is a Fellow at the Institute for Business and Social Impact at Berkeley Haas where he has taught Social Entrepreneurship courses since 1999. He is the recipient of the 2010 Oslo Business for Peace Award and in 2016 was named one of seven people shaping the future of food by Bon Appétit magazine.
How to Watch or Attend
Lectures will take place weekly, beginning January 18th, at the Haas School of Business's Arthur Andersen Auditorium. All lectures are free and open to the public, but you must reserve a ticket to attend. Lectures will also be streamed live online. See links at the top of this page to register for the upcoming lecture or stream the class live.