Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS)
The Sustainable Food Systems experts are an integral part of UF/IFAS research to improve the quality of life in Florida and throughout world. WATCH >
innovative solutions for a healthy and productive world
ISFS Mission

Food is the indispensable cornerstone of human well-being.

Food provides energy, water and nutrients to sustain life, promote health and build functional societies. The Global Food System is a dynamic and complex web of diverse cultures and values, international trade, markets, public and private institutions, farmers, ranchers and fishers, technology, genetic resources, environmental and bio-physical interactions. READ >


Arie Havelaar will be presenting "Foodborne disease burden - overview of the present picture and outcome of FERG" at the WHO/FAO INFOSAN "New Science for Food Safety: Supporting food chain transparency for improved health" meeting November 7-9 in Singapore.

Cheryl Palm will be hosting Dino Martin November 10-11th. He will be presenting a seminar on 1pm on November 10 in 122 Rogers Hall: "People, Plants and Pollinators: Lessons from the frontline in conserving biodiversity and managing an essential ecosystem service." 

Mark Masumba and Cheryl Palm were part of a team of co-authors who published recently in Agricultural Systems: "Evaluating agricultural trade-offs in the age of sustainable development", available here.

The University of Florida is recruiting an Assistant Professor in Fisheries and Aquaculture Governance in the Food and Resource Economics department.  More information here.

The University of California, Merced is recruiting for 4 faculty positions in Sustainable Food, Water and Agriculture.  More information here.

The US Government Global Food Security Strategy for 2017-2021 is now available for download here.

Registration has opened for the Weather & Climate Decision Tools for Farmers, Rancher & Land Managers Conference December 5-7, 2016 at the University of Florida. More information here.

UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant are partnering to offer a 3.5 day short course December 12-15, 2016 "Introductory Training in GIS Applications for Natural Resource Management".  Information and registration here.

The AgMIP team including Gerrit Hoogenboom and Senthold Asseng has published a paper in Nature Climate Change: an intercomparison of wheat models with special attention to temperature response, climate change, and food security.  More information here and here.

Arie Havelaar has a paper as that has been recognized as the third most cited in the International Journal of Food Microbiology since 2011. READ >

John Hernandez Nopsa (ISFS, EPI, and Plant Pathology) and Karen Garrett (ISFS, EPI, and Plant Pathology) were recognized across UF/IFAS as having one of the year's "high impact" research publications. READ >

Food Systems and Human Health

The Challenge: Providing the growing global population with nutritious and safe foods is a considerable challenge.

Global Food Security

The Challenge: Food supply per capita is up considerably, but nearly a billion people are hungry and nearly two billion are overweight.

Tools for Decision Makers

The Challenge: Decision makers are faced with challenging questions that require alternative options for a sustainable food production system.

Food Production and Environmental Sustainability

The Challenge: Sustainable food production is a key part of food security.

New Metrics

The Challenge: In order to understand global food systems we need to find new ways to measure key indicators.