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 >


Dr. Han, ISFS visiting scholar and Associate Researcher at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, and her co-authors Dr. Chu, World Bank and Dr. Anderson, Director, ISFS, surveyed 1,500 Chinese consumer's fresh food purchasing behavior and found food safety to be a top priority. READ >

James Anderson will present the annual report of the state of the shrimp industry in China in mid-September 2016.

James Anderson attended the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade meeting July 11-15, 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland. READ >

James Anderson was invited to be on the Future of Food committee at the World Bank. READ >

Gerrit Hoogenboom hosted the 5th DSSAT Development Sprint July 25-29, 2016 here at UF. READ >

Gerrit Hoogenboom attended AgMIP6 global workshop held 6/28-6/30, 2016 in Montpelier, France. READ >

Arie Havelaar has joined the Public Health External Advisory Council for the UF College of Public Health and Health. READ >

Arie Havelaar will present the annual invited Trout Lecture on Monday, September 19th, 2016 at Michigan State University on the global burden of foodborne disease. READ >

Karen Garrett presented her work on the use of network models in a plant disease context at the American Phytopathological Society meeting in Tampa, FL July 30-August 3, 2016. READ >

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 >

Gerrit Hoogenboom organized a discussion "An Exploratory System for Complex World Modeling" on July 15, 2016 held in Gainesville Florida. READ >

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 >

Arie Havelaar is participating in the Sustainable Food Systems - Ecosystem Inception Meeting on June 8-9, 2016 held in Chicago Illinois. 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.