The Food System

The Food System

When we talk about the food system, we mean all of the steps that bring food from the farm to our table: A complex supply chain involving growing, harvesting, processing, distribution, marketing, retailing, purchasing, and preparation of what we eat. It even includes recycling, composting, and waste.

Over the 20th century, our food system evolved from a local focus to one of global production. While this global system brings us large quantities of food at a relatively low cost, most food is now transported over long distances and grown with heavy chemical inputs. Despite the apparent abundance, there are many negative ecological and economic consequences. And not everyone has access to healthy, fresh food. These are symptoms of a broken food system.

There is, however, a growing desire to redesign a food system with new and different attributes: equity, diversity, ecological integrity, and economic viability.

We can redesign a food system to better meet current demand for food without the negative consequences.

Explore: Equity, Diversity, Ecological Integrity and Economic Viability.