Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

UC Cooperative Extension | Agricultural Experiment Station

UC ANR at the World Ag Exp 2017

 

View the video above to see UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' significant presence at the World Ag Expo in February 2017. 4-H Ambassadors were part of the opening ceremony, UC ANR staff interacted with visitors at four booths in Pavilion A, the media were invited to a UC ANR Newsmakers Conference, the Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation workgroup held demonstrations and presentations in a tent on M Street, and Vice President Glenda Humiston spoke at a seminar on the changing role of women in agriculture.

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Working dirt: Community based research on lead, gardens, and place
The transition to sustainable cities often places emphasis on the importance of green infrastructure, including gardens. Urban gardens provide a local source of nutritious food and can help to strengthen community ties. However, there are tradeoffs to gardening in the city, including potential exposure to soil pollutants, such as lead from legacy sources such as paint, gas, and industry. Lead in soil is a lesser known source of human lead exposure but it can adversely affect humans, especially children, if it is accidentally inhaled or ingested. Older neighborhoods, often occupied by low-income communities and communities of color, are burdened with the highest soil lead levels. These are often the same neighborhoods with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Despite being located in one of the most productive agricultural regions of the world, some neighborhoods in Sacramento are considered food deserts. How can residents manage for multiple ecosystem services by safely growing food in their yards and minimizing their potential exposure to soil lead? Studying the connection between urban landscapes and soil lead can identify areas of concern and help mitigate potential risk.

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