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Food & the Environment: Start

Geography 130


Populations organize and alter natural resources and ecosystems to produce food. Agriculture, food, economic development, global health and climate are all affected by the production of food. Use this guide to research food types, processing, new food initiatives and local fresh food.  Bioscience Library Top Ten list.


"What is processed food?"
"Any and all processes to which food is subjected after harvesting for the purposes of improving its appearance, texture, palatability, nutritional value, keeping properties, and ease of preparation, and for eliminating micro-organisms, toxins, and other undesirable constituents." Dictionary of Food and Nutrition,  4th ed,. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Write your research topic as a question, use subject ideas or a thesis statement.
Example: What is peanut butter?

List the main concepts:
peanuts, history, nutrition, global food systems, worldwide consumerism, agricultural industries, business resources, alternative systems, government regulation, labeling, news..

List Key words, phrases, synonyms, alternative terms and spelling - be creative:
peanut history, peanut butter recipes, cultural history, books, ebooks, articles, conference proceedings, news, statistics and production, brand names; Jiffy, Peter Pan; "peanut butter and jelly"; advertising jingles.

Materials on the nutrition, history of food, and food culture are located in many subject specialty libraries on campus. Our digital collections span all subjects and are available 24/7.

Visit the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library web site for more resources.

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

On campus for wireless access use: Airbears 2.

Off-campus access is limited to current UCB faculty, staff and students. Connecting from off campus: use one of the following

Proxy Server
Configure your computer browser with proxy server settings. After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource.

Proxy changes: Recent changes in the proxy server may have affected some users; see the Library's Proxy Server FAQ. iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch proxy server setup instructions.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The VPN is a software program that will establish a "tunnel" to our campus network, allowing you to access a broader variety of licensed resources.

UC & UC Berkeley

Berkeley Food Institute.
College of Natural Resources, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley Law, and the School of Public Health. BFI has over 95 affiliated faculty and staff on the UC Berkeley campus.

University of California, Global Food Initiative / UC Berkeley Initiatives, lists UCB campus activities.

Library of Congress, Science Reference Guides - see Food, Gastronomy and women.
Focus on the special collections and rare books at LoC.

InterLibrary Loan & Services

UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff:
Interlibrary borrowing: obtain materials from other institutions; view My ILL Requests*

Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP): Directly borrow materials from Stanford and UT Austin. Check RLCP website for eligibility.

Baker Document Delivery is a fee based Document Delivery Service for UCB faculty, staff, graduate students, and UCOP staff with current UCB library cards. To use Baker you must have a Baker account (see below). 

Copyright information: UC Berkeley, UC system-wide

Non-UC Berkeley users and institutions:
Interlibrary lending of original material: provides access to the holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutional borrowers in the United States and Canada.

Photoduplication services: provides access to the holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutions and the general public.

Special Library Access document delivery services: provides access to the resources of the UC Berkeley Libraries for libraries, information centers, corporations, and other organizations on a subscriber basis.

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