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 >
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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 >


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Pedro A. Sanchez has been appointed as a Member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science and will serve a 3 year term, beginning January 2017.

The Florida Entomological Society Annual meeting will be held jointly with the Caribbean Food Crops Society in Isal Verde Puerto Rico July 16-22, 2017.

The Florida Climate Institute, GeoAdaptive, the UF College of Design, Construction & Planning, and the UF Levin College of Law are sponsoring a round table discussion with Dr. Juan Carlos Vargas-Moreno "Integrating Climate Change Into Urban Development Scenarios: The Case of Emerging Latin-American Cities" on January 19 from 2-3pm in Smathers Library 1A.

UF’s Center for Latin American Studies presents its’ 66th Annual Conference:  Cuba and the United States in the 21st Century – March 30-April 1, 2017 at Emerson Alumni Hall.  More information here.

Dr. Havelaar attended a meeting on Campylobacter at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle December 15-16 and presented "Sources of exposure to Campylobacter: what we (don't) know".

Dr. Hoogenboom hosted a group of 7 international researchers from ICRISAT, Agrhymet, and WASCAL for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Regional Agricultural Forescasting Toolbox (CRAFT) workshop November 29 - December 10, 2016.

Karen Garrett will be hosting a group from Cuba’s INISAV January 23-26, reception planned for here at ISFS at 6pm on 1/25/2016.

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.

Dr. JoAnn Lighty, NSF Engineering CBET Division Director, will visit UF on Friday, February 3, 2016 to meet with faculty interested in submitting proposals to the NSF Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems soliciation.  Contact Carolyn Cox of the Florida Climate Insitute to make an appointment.  This visit is coordinated by the Florida Climate Institute in collaboration with the UF Water Institute.

UF's Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) group is hosting a spring break camp for middle school students to participate in hand-on learning activities.  Contact Sienna Turner, Outreach Coordinator, if you would like to participate.

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 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.