The Berkeley Center for Diversified Farming Systems brings together interdisciplinary researchers, writers, and practitioners to find solutions to the world’s most pressing agriculture-related issues and to launch the next generation of agricultural leaders.
With world-renowned faculty in the areas of agroecology, science, technology and society, agricultural economics, and rural sociology, the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources and our colleagues and friends are uniquely positioned to rethink the approach to agricultural development in a way that will restore ecosystem services and biodiversity.
Relatively little research and development has been devoted to improving crop yields with diversified farming methods. By contrast, governments and corporations have made enormous investments since World War I to increase crop yields through the use of synthetic chemicals and pesticides. Imagine what can be done with further investment in diversified, multi-functional farming systems
The center contends that now is the time.