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Access & Equity

Over one billion people worldwide lack adequate access to healthy food, even as the global food supply is more than adequate. At the same time, obesity persists, and diet-related diseases are the leading cause of death in the U.S. University of Michigan researchers are analyzing how food access disparities manifest in different communities, and are assessing the efficacy of current and potential policy solutions. Experts at the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative coordinate multidisciplinary approaches, while the Campus Farm and U-M Sustainable Food Program provide living, learning laboratories for U-M students to support more equitable food systems.

News and Impact

Alyssa Paredes
All signs point to bananas
A student wearing a mask stocks shelves in the food pantry
This is how you feed potential
Jessica Kenyatta Walker
Faculty Spotlight: Jessica Kenyatta Walker
Cindy Leung
Faculty Spotlight: Cindy Leung
Elderly woman frowning at a bowl of soup
Even before COVID-19, many adults over 50 lacked stable food supply, didn’t use assistance
Leah Penniman speaking with a microphone in front of an image of protesting Black farmers projected on a screen
Leah Penniman: “Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty”
A child's hands holding an empty bowl
For children, food insecurity means not only hunger but also stress, sadness
Zahir Janmohamed speaking in front of a screen showing a news article
Zahir Janmohamed: “De-colonizing Food Journalism”
Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge reservation and founder of The Sioux Chef, giving a presentation
The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America