“This movement is about a cultural shift in the way we manage landscapes and tend to the soil. For the sake of future generations, we must do betteR.”
- Mackenzie Feldman
Mackenzie graduated from UC Berkeley in Spring 2018 with a degree in Society and Environment and a minor in Food Systems. She was the UC Global Food Initiative Student Ambassador for UC Berkeley, and the Co-Founder of the Herbicide-Free Cal campaign. Upon graduating, Mackenzie has expanded the campaign nationally into Herbicide-Free Campus with the mission of stopping the use of toxic herbicides at every school in the country.
Dewayne “Lee” Johnson
One day in the Spring of 2017, Mackenzie Feldman and Bridget Gustafson showed up for Cal Beach Volleyball practice, where their coach cautioned the team not to chase after the balls if they roll off the court because the groundskeepers had just sprayed an herbicide on the surrounding area. Bridget and Mackenzie were shocked.
They scheduled a meeting with the Supervisor of Athletics Fields & Turf and learned that the herbicide sprayed was Ranger Pro, which contains the same amount of glyphosate as Roundup. This was two years before the Johnson v. Monsanto ruling, but one year after the World Health Organization had ruled that glyphosate was a probable human carcinogen. They asked him not to spray anymore, and in return, the team would pick the weeds that would grow back.
Mackenzie and Bridget decided to expand these efforts to the rest of campus, and founded Herbicide-Free Cal, a campaign to ban herbicides at UC Berkeley. Upon graduating, Mackenzie launched then Herbicide-Free UC, and now Herbicide-Free Campus, with the goal of eliminating toxic herbicides from every school in the country.