UC Berkeley: Berkeley Food Institute


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Food Studies
Research, Policy, and Extension/Outreach Programs
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While our current global agri-food system has achieved remarkable historical successes, it nevertheless increasingly fails on many fronts. The food system undermines ecosystem and cultural diversity, lacks resilience in the face of emerging climate change, wastes food and natural resources, creates pollution, fosters myriad social injustices—including exploitation of agri-food workers—and leaves millions of people hungry while others suffer from obesity. Meanwhile, efforts to transform the food system are emerging around the world. As social movements and civic initiatives protest and resist the predominant, industrialized system, they have catalyzed alternative, localized, regional, or global “agri-food networks” that may improve food sovereignty, environmental conditions, and human health and justice. These movements and initiatives represent exciting potential for progressive change. Yet they often suffer from fragmentation, lack adequate institutional and government support, and face many structural, political, and economic challenges in achieving their goals.

About The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook

The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook is a free database of degree programs, consultants, scholarships, funding, conferences, and other education and training resources for professionals and students focused on food systems work. It is published by the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems in collaboration with the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). The Lyson Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University).


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