Food Systems

A changing climate and environment need new and dynamic food system strategies. Arizona Environment researchers and Cooperative Extension agents and specialists work to reduce hunger and food waste, ensure rural and agricultural stability and livelihoods, and prevent environmental degradation.

For each new challenge presented in agriculture and food systems, UArizona researchers rise to find solutions. We live in the arid Southwest and combat dry conditions every year, but climate change is providing an array of new challenges, from reduced water availability for irrigation to new agricultural pests and contaminants. Global markets and complex food chain considerations, along with economic inequities, require new policy solutions to food waste, safety and security issues in communities. We explore the interconnections of water, energy and food solutions around the globe, within Arizona, and in indigenous communities.