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Transforming Food Systems

The way we grow, transport, and consume food must adapt in order to address global hunger and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. University of Michigan experts contribute best practices from architecture and urban planning, sustainable business, ecology, public policy, and public health, with the goal of achieving future solutions that are environmentally sound, equitable, and accessible to all. The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, and U-M Sustainable Food Program are on the leading edge in charting a new, more sustainable normal ー for U-M, the region, and the world.

News and Impact

Andrew Gayle, a graduate student research assistant, and Alexander Hill, a graduate student instructor, monitor a new reactor designed to produce ammonia for fertilizer without relying on fossil fuels. Image credit: Robert Coelius, Michigan Engineering
$2M to replace fossil fuels with solar power in fertilizer production
food samples
Small changes in diet could help you live healthier, more sustainably
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U-M commits to universitywide carbon neutrality
dean yang
Yang research: Temporary farming subsidies in Mozambique boost economic well-being
Arlin Wasserman (MS ’90, MPH ’91)
Food sustainability and changing tastes
School gardens provide fertile ground for education
Back to the garden
Aerial shot of a green tractor in a field
COVID-19 and the Urgency of Transforming the Food System
Nicole Taylor giving a presentation
Nicole Taylor: “The Disruption of Traditional Food Media”
Illustration of paper airplanes flying over a blue background
Are the keys to supply chain transformation closer than they appear?
Illustration of a rooster standing in front of grains with a cloud above
Toward zero hunger: More food or a smarter food system?
Samina Raja giving a presentation
Samina Raja: “Rustbelt Radicalism Revisited: How Community Action Spurs Food Systems [Policy] Transformation”
Colorful vegetables on a dark wooden table
Feeding Prometheus: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Solving the Global Food Crisis