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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.


Meet affiliated faculty Chrissie Bausch

Meet affiliated faculty Chrissie Bausch

The Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems focuses on innovative ideas and solutions to the many challenges of current food systems. In this series, we’re sitting down with the Swette Center affiliated faculty to catch up on food systems, innovation and what makes a good meal. Read on for an interview with Julia (Chrissie) Bausch, postdoctoral...

A spark to start the fire

A spark to start the fire

Sparking new ideas is the goal of the new Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems research grant program. Ten grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to Arizona State University faculty-led research teams proposing interdisciplinary food systems work. Yes, this is a “mini-grant" program so the award will likely fall far short of...

Interview with food systems activist Raj Patel

Interview with food systems activist Raj Patel

If you know anything about Raj Patel, you know he has a lot to say about our food system, capitalism and activism. After Patel delivered a Wrigley Lecture at Arizona State University in November 2018, we asked some follow-up questions over the phone. But before we get to the interview — an introduction. Patel, a research...