Sustainable Food Systems Science
Professor James Farmer, from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is convening the Sustainable Food Systems Science initiative.
Using a framework developed by IU Nobel Laureate Lin Ostrom, the team is analyzing leverage points that affect the development of environmentally sustainable, socially just, and resilient systems for food. Since receiving its award, the SFSS team has brought in additional research scholars and community outreach personnel and is developing relationships with community stakeholders around the state and beyond.
Team members are studying food security among rural families with children; farmer decision-making in the face of a changing climate, tariffs, and industry consolidation; and supply chain coordination between farms and large institutions such as hospitals, schools, and institutions of higher education in southwest central Indiana and across the state.
This EAR has strengthened food studies and research in SPEA, Geography, and Anthropology, and will be added as a new program in the Ostrom Workshop. The team has also initiated projects in the Center for Rural Engagement and is involved in the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge.