We Focus on Five Themes
How food, water, and energy systems are interdependent
How indigenous knowledge and traditions can support sustainable food and health outcomes
How human behavior, culture, and the arts are inextricably linked to food and health
How food systems can support healthy food access and optimal health outcomes
How technology, innovation, and enterprise can help foster more resilient, sustainable food systems
Where we have impact
Research carried out within the Food Systems Transformation Initiative targets transformative improvements in health and the environment We do this by innovating new models of sustainable operations for small-scale farms, creating locally focused, market-based tools to broaden healthy food access, exploring leading-edge lifestyle behavior change processes and models, and exploring the benefits of plant-based diets. We are set apart from other universities because we seek to create efficiencies, from production to consumption, that maximize human and environmental health using an innovative, interconnected mix of disciplines, cultural approaches, lifestyle behaviors, and community-embedded agriculture.
Novel areas of research
- FSTI explores the intersection between the humanities, the arts, and healthy lifestyles
- Researchers at FSTI have built and operated a valley-area food hub, creating new marketplaces for small-scale farms
- Researchers are exploring the role of voluntary simplicity, and holistic, values-based lifestyle behavior change for simultaneous impacts on health, happiness, and the environment
- Researchers are exploring the cross-sections between protein quality and environmental impact among vegetarian, vegan, and omnivorous diets
The Food Systems Transformation Initiative supports research in the following ways:
We act as a hub for faculty, placing emphasis on cross-disciplinary work that is solutions- and impact-oriented.
We support educational, entrepreneurial, and research opportunities for students across disciplines interested in food systems issues. Faculty associated with FSTI teach courses that emphasize the interrelated issues of health, environment, community, and entrepreneurship.
Engaging with the Community
We connect with a number of community partners through grant-funded projects as well as outreach and educational activities, working together to tackle food systems challenges here in our local community and globally.