Food Systems

As a Food Systems student, you will study the systems that feed the human population. Components of a food system include farming, food processing, distribution, consumption, recycling, and much more. It’s an interconnected set of biological, technological, economic, and social activities that are essential to society.

Food systems can range from local to international, from traditional to organic. You’ll learn to solve real-world problems sustainably, and study possible improvements to the food system. Life as we know it depends on food systems functioning successfully.

Tracks

Organic and Local Food Production: Focus on how to grow food organically, what that means, and how to market the products. Studies also include plant and soil health.

Agroecology: Focus on the interaction of food plants and their environment. Studies include soils, plant physiology, and ecology.This approach to the whole system can lead to developing new systems that address problems facing conventional and organic farming. Consumers and Markets: This track focuses on the business aspects of food marketing, finance, food safety, nutrition, and entrepreneurship.

Consumers and Markets: This track focuses on the business aspects of food marketing, finance, food safety, nutrition, and entrepreneurship.

Individualized Studies: Create your own focus in food systems such as food policy or international systems You’ll work with a faculty advisor to develop an approved course plan.

Major Coordinator

Tom Michaels 
michaels@umn.edu
+1 612 624 7711