Skip to Content
Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Developing innovative ideas and solutions to the many challenges of current food systems, the center’s holistic approach encompasses water and energy use, carbon footprint and nutrition, innovations in food policy, and the well-being and livelihood of farmers and others working in food systems.

ASU Food Research Across the Globe

Sustainability Research Map

The spectrum of research is extensive, ranging from the global to the very local, and inclusive of topics from food security to the food-energy-water nexus, indigenous knowledge, agtech innovation, soil health, food justice, gut health, ecosystem services, consumer behavior, true cost accounting, and more – this map is only a snapshot.


In Conversation with Kathleen Merrigan

In Conversation with Kathleen Merrigan

What food policy decisions were made in the Situation Room in the Obama White House? What was the process like writing the National Organic Program standards? How do we solve climate change through agriculture? Can organic feed the world? Listen to Kathleen Merrigan’s recent interview with Ben Trollinger, editor of Acres U.S.A., to hear the answers...

Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership 2019-2020 Inaugural Cohort

Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership 2019-2020 Inaugural Cohort

To create the inclusive, diverse and resilient food systems of the future, we need bold and knowledgeable change agents to transform public policy. After years of advocacy, serving in the Obama Administration, and working in the private sector, I’ve witnessed one salient need rise to the top: trained human capital. We must invest in the leaders...

Swette Center Selected for Whole Foods Market 5% Day

Swette Center Selected for Whole Foods Market 5% Day

By Kathleen Merrigan, executive director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University We’re thrilled to share that on Wednesday, Dec, 4, the brand-new Whole Foods Market Tempe store’s 5% Community Giving Day will benefit the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems. The funds will support our inaugural food policy and sustainability...