The Future of Food and Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change

California is the top agriculture-producing state in the country, and that big business presents big challenges. California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross addressed many of the key issues during a speech presented by UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

Secretary Ross talks at length about the impact climate change has already had on the state’s resources and the effects we can expect to see in the future. She says prolonged droughts, like the one California just escaped, will become more common. But, we can also expect more severe flooding. Ross says the state needs to take a big-picture approach to water and land management in order to mitigate future disasters. But, she says there is hope. Agriculture accounts for just eight percent of greenhouse gas emissions in California, compared to 30 percent worldwide. Ross says her department and private farmers are working on ways to bring down greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in California, and she hopes their progress can serve as a model for sustainable farming worldwide.

Following her speech, Secretary Ross covers everything from immigration reform to the future of agricultural careers in a fascinating Q&A moderated by her former colleague, Executive Director of the Berkeley Food Institute, Ann Thrupp.

Watch California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross

Federalism at the Border: Immigration Policy and the States with Gabriel Chin

Two recent Supreme Court decisions seem to send conflicting messages about state and local laws regulating noncitizens. In one case, the justices upheld Arizona’s law imposing sanctions on employers who hire undocumented workers. But another ruling struck down a law that allowed for racial profiling of suspected illegal immigrants.

Tune in tonight (March 25) at 8pm when UC Davis Law Professor Gabriel Chin sorts through the legal contradictions to find the right balance between state and federal governments. Chin is the featured speaker of the 2013 DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture, sponsored by Cal Western School of Law and UC San Diego.

Watch “Federalism at the Border: Immigration Policy and the States with Gabriel Chin” on your TV tonight, or online now.