Food safety, farming environments and sustainability: Examining lettuce production in California and the UK

Date: Tuesday, 30th June, 2015

Venue: Moa Room, ECI, SOGE 

Time: 10 am - 11 am

Talk title: Food safety, farming environments and sustainability: Examining lettuce production in California, and the UK

Speaker bio: Laura Driscoll is a PhD student in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University. Her Masters research explored the impacts of ecotourism on cultural identity and consumption patterns in indigenous communities living in the buffer zone of Peru's Bahuaja-Sonene National Park.

She has conducted social and ecological impact assessments for tourism companies and policy makers in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Tanzania, assessing landscape change and seeking to align tourism development goals with sustainable development targets. Her current research interests include global dynamics of climate change, environmental policy, and food systems, and sustainability planning. Her dissertation will explore how the parallel goals of ensuring food safety and protecting the environment can be jointly pursued in developed world agriculture, by examining how governance frameworks and private food safety standards in leafy greens production affect farmers' environmental practices in California and the United Kingdom.