Gigi Berardi

Gigi Berardi is a professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. In addition to teaching food and geography classes in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, she currently homesteads 25 acres with her family in the San Juan Islands in Washington, where she milks sheep and makes cheese. She maintains the popular FoodWISE blog ( and has written numerous articles for both newspapers and scientific journals. A self-proclaimed “foodie,” Gigi Berardi has over 30 years experience in food and farm studies. She received her BA in biology with high honors from John Muir College, University of California San Diego and degrees (MS, PhD) from Cornell University in Natural Resources and Resources, Policy, and Planning. Berardi was a Fulbright scholar, and her articles and reviews have appeared in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the Anchorage Daily NewsThe OlympianThe Bellingham Herald, and scientific journals such as BioScienceHuman Organization, and Ethics, Place, and Environment. Her public radio features (for KSKA, Anchorage) have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists. She is an elected member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.