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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.


A Conversation with Dr. Raj Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation

A Conversation with Dr. Raj Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation

It was delightful to welcome Raj Shah to the ASU DC campus and interview him about the work of the Rockefeller Foundation and his insights on how we meet the challenge of achieving global food security. You can watch the entire interview here. I first met Raj when we served together in the Obama Administration. He...

ASU food entrepreneur program ready for 2019

ASU food entrepreneur program ready for 2019

The Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University is excited to learn more from one of our sister food programs on campus, Prepped, in 2019. ASU recently announced that Prepped has secured funding for the next two years for its incubator program helping entrepreneurs in food-based businesses. Prepped is already working with...

Farm bill passes, but victories are overshadowed

Farm bill passes, but victories are overshadowed

Swette Center Executive Director Kathleen Merrigan was recently quoted in an article by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The article, called “The 2018 Farm Bill Is Now Law. But the Shenanigans Continue…,” describes that Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (known as the “farm bill”) was authorized, but many complications have arisen. The author, Ricardo Salvador,...