What can we do with the ugly produce? Toss it !? Sell it!? Redistribute it!? Food waste reduction practices in German food retail.

Please join us Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7 PM for our next Cafe Sci! Meike Rombach, a research associate from the Technical University of Munich, is talking about food waste.

Her work is exploring food retailers’ food waste reduction practices and their motivation to redistribute food for charitable purpose or to follow the trend of selling fresh produce with optical blemishes. What drives or hinders retailers to be committed to redistribution? Only image and reputation? Tax deduction or cost reduction? Altruistic motives? Is the legal background in Germany hindering or supporting redistribution to food banks and other charitable organization? What do retailers think about a new trend to sell produce with optical blemishes? Are there differences between conventional and organic retailers?

Who: Meike Rombach, Technical University of Munich

When: October 1, 2018 at 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA 93704

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Debug Fresno Part 2

Please join us Monday September 10 at 7 PM to continue our discussion of mosquitos.

We will learn about a new technology, discuss its risks and benefits with local experts, and decide how or how not to implement it. You will learn how mosquitoes could be engineered to reduce malaria transmission, discuss related ethical and societal issues, consider other viewpoints, and form a plan about whether and how to release the mosquitoes using the information you learn, your background knowledge, and your values.

Who: Jodi Holeman and Bobby Lull

When: Monday, September 10, 2018 at 7 PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA 93704


Debug Fresno

Join us Monday, August 6, at 7pm for our next edition of Cafe Sci!  We will be featuring Jodi Holeman and Steve Mulligan from the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District.

In 2016, the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD) and MosquitoMate piloted the first-ever U.S. release of male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with Wolbachia to evaluate this sterile insect technique (SIT) as a mosquito control strategy in Fresno County.

Verily joined the partnership in 2017 with the launch of Debug Fresno, an expansion of the 2016 program aimed at reducing the biting femaleAedes aegyptipopulations within large residential neighborhoods.

Today CMAD and its partners continue to develop the sterile insect technique using Wolbachiafor control of this invasive mosquito which impacts public health on a global level. Debug Fresno combines biology, engineering and automation in new workflows to bring SIT and technology to the front doorstep of Fresno County residents.

We’ll discuss what Debug Fresno is and what it takes to implement a large-scale field study in urban residential communities.

Who: Jodi Holeman and Steve Mulligan

When: Monday, August 6, 2018 at 7 PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA 93704

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