What is the food system?
The food system is the social and ecological system encompassing all the drivers, activities, and resources that go into producing, distributing, and consuming food. The food system intersects with aspects of public health, culture, society, economics, public policy, and the environment.
Learn More About the Food System Wheel: UN Food and Agriculture Organization: Sustainable Food Systems – concept and framework
Food System Resources
Defining Sustainable, Equitable, Resilient And Healthy Food Systems
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Health and Medicine Division, Food and Nutrition Board: Building a More Sustainable, Resilient, Equitable, and Nourishing Food System
- EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health
- University of California Agricultural Sustainability Institute: Sustainable Community Food Systems
Challenges Facing Food Systems: Ecological and Social Issues from Global to Local
- Oxford University: Food System Challenges
- InterAcademy Partnership Global Perspective on Global Food Systems
- Global Alliance for the Future of Food: Food systems transformation is urgent
- National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)
- Stockholm Resilience Center 2018. Anthropocene Analysis of Food and Agriculture (video).
- Food Insecurity in the United States: Feed the Hunger
- USDA Economic Research Service: Food Security in the US
- Look, M. A., Soong S., & Kaholokula, J. K. (2020). Assessment and priorities for health and well-being in native hawaiians and other pacific peoples. Honolulu, HI: Dept. of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi.
Books and Articles
Organizations + Programs
- United National Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) – Agroecology
- UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
- UC Berkeley Food Institute
- Center for Diversified Farming Systems
- Union of Concerned Scientists: Food and Agriculture
- The Institute for Food and Development Policy (“Food First!”)