I while back I posted a query for a friend who is interested in graduate
level programs in "sustainable food systems." As promised, the following is
a summary of what she (through me) received. Thanks to all who responded!!!
(from both of us)
You might want to have your friend contact Carol C. Giesecke (info below).
She is list manager I think for the Division of Sustainable Food Systems of
the Society of Nutrition Education. I think Kate Clancy is part of that
list who has a program out in Syracuse.
Carol C. Giesecke e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
New England Cooperative University of Maine
Extension Consortium Cooperative Extension, Rm 104
Phone: (207) 581-3193 5741 Libby Hall
Fax: (207) 581-1387 Orono, ME 04469-5741
There are not a whole lot of programs in sustainable food systems or
community food security for that matter. What there is, however is a variety
of people, many of whom you probably know, who do research on related
topics. A couple of suggestions re universities and food systems work:
1) Patricia Allen et. al. @ UC Santa Cruz Agroecology and Sustainable Food
Systems Center, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. 408-459-4243. e-mail:
They do varied research, you probbaly know "Food for the Future"
2) Bob Gottlieb, UCLA Dept of Urban Planning, 405 Hilgard Ave, LA CA 90027,
310-825-1067 e-mail: email@example.com
3) Molly Anderson at Tufts University School of Nutrition, medford, MA
4) Mike Hamm Cook college Po Box 231; Dept Nutritional Sciences. New
Brunswick, NJ 08903 201-932-9224 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
5) I believe that a number of other folks are out there: Jennifer Wilkins at
Cornell Nutrition Dept; Audrey maretzki 814-863-9515; Janet Savage UC
Berkeley Public Health; Ken Dahlberg and kate Clancy obviously; Ron
Cotterrill at U Connecticut Food Marketing Policy center; Regina galer-Unti
at Univ IL; Patricia Wagner at Univ FLA; Betsy Haughton in the Nutrition
Dept at UNiv TN at Knoxville. There are others...let me know and i'll help
you ferret them out. Or if you need more numbers, let me know.
andy fisher 310-822-5410 email@example.com
Here's a short summary of the program and some of our activities:
The Degree Program in Agriculture, Food and Environment in Medford,
Massachusetts, deals with interconnections among environmental, social,
nutritional and safety aspects of food supply. It combines Tufts
University's strengths in nutrition, environmental analysis, health
sciences, and environmental policy. Participating faculty come from the
School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of Veterinary Medicine,
the Program in International Environmental and Natural
Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy. Students may enroll for M.S.
or Ph.D. degrees, or take selected courses.
The courses that deal most closely with food systems analysis are "Food
Systems Analysis"(!), "Agriculture near Metropolitan Areas", and "Linking
Growers and Consumers". The latter is a summer field course structured
around field trips to many of the innovative programs in the Greater Boston
Core faculty associated with the Degree Program are involved in a food
education/school garden project at a nearby urban elementary school; a
project to link hunger activism and sustainable agriculture work in the
Greater Boston area; projects to foster better connections among chefs,
local institutions, and local growers; and the work of the Northeast
Sustainable Ag. Working Group to analyze and improve Northeastern food
systems. We are also contributing to book projects on 1) the role of power,
knowledge and institutions in sustainability, with specific attention to the
connections between community food security and local food systems; 2) the
relations between social and environmental capital, as played out in local
food systems; and 3) visions of American agriculture.
Students in the program have held paid jobs with several organizations in
this area that are working to link growers and consumers (e.g., Chefs
Collaboration: 2000, the Extension System, MA Dept. of Food & Agriculture's
farmers' markets). Our students have also done internships or directed
study in this area: for example, one student is analyzing the Northeastern
food system as an internship with the Northeast Sustainable Ag. Working Group.
If your student has any question, I would be happy to talk with her.
Molly D. Anderson
Director, Degree Program in Agriculture, Food & Environment
Tufts University School of Nutrition Science & Policy
Medford, MA 02155-7028
I published a two part bibliography in the Journal of Agricultural and Food
Information which includes reports on the subject of sustainable food
systems and networking among farmers and consumers. Some of these materials
may be helpful to your friend in starting her research. Here are the citations:
Wentraub, Irwin. Alternative agriculture: Selected information sources
-Part I: Databases, abstracts and indexes, periodicals, and newsletters and
newspapers. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, 1(3):41-100, 1993.
Weintraub, Irwin. Alternative agriculture: selected information sources
-Part II: Bibliographies, reports and directories. Journal of Agricultural
and Food Information, 1(4):33-96, 1993.
Irwin Weintraub firstname.lastname@example.org
Head, Stephen and Lucy Chang Science Library
Hello, in response to your inquery on Food Systems Graduate Programs: I am a
graduate student at Penn State Univ. working with Audrey Maretzki. The
concept of sustainable food systems is central to my work and thesis, but I
am actually a student in the Graduate Program in Nutrition. Dr. Maretzki is
in the Food Science Department. I do not know of any graduate programs that
are specific to Food Systems, but I think there may be a few faculty at
Cornell who are doing research in this area. Cornell and Penn State
cooperate on a project called the Northeast Network which is concerned with
Sustainable Food Systems education and communication.
Alison Hiller email@example.com
As you know, Gail Feenstra and I are working in the community food system
area here at SAREP. We are beginning work on a survey of community food
system collaborations in CA, and hope to put together a conference bringing
interested parties together next Fall. Alas, we don't have a
teaching/academic component to our program.
The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz
(formerly the Agroecology Program) does have academic work dealing with food
systems. She could contact Patricia Allen, 408/459-4243.
Also, Robert Gottlieb at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social
Research is doing work, focused on urban food systems in LA. He is at
UC SAREP (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program)
Davis, CA 95616
fax (916) 754-8550
There is an institute on Food Security forming (its still in the
developmental stages) here in Toronto. It looks like it will involve
Ryerson, York University, and the University of Toronto. I am a graduate
student in Environmental Studies at York, and I'm studying alternative
agriculture, specifically urban food production. The Environmental Studies
programme is pretty progressive, and just about anything remotely
environmental can be studied. If your friend is keen on food systems, York
may be a good place to check out. Let me know if I can be of further
Joseph St. Lawrence
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1450 Linden Drive, Room 146
Madison, WI 53706