Are you passionate about making the food system more sustainable, healthy, and just? Restoring the local food systems that used to be the norm is one of the keys to restoring local health (via fresher, better produce) and to revitalizing local economies (by keeping more of the money local, rather than sent off to multinational conglomerates).
The University of Vermont offers graduate, undergraduate, and non-degree programs–as well as a wealth of related research and other activities–in the creation and maintenance of sustainable, equitable local food systems.
UVM students get to be on the cutting edge of food systems innovation in the perfect small, regional food systems testing ground — Vermont. Food systems research at the University of Vermont spans a broad spectrum of topics, disciplines, and colleges. UVM’s annual Food Systems Summit draws scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world.
UVM’s agroecology national and international research and teaching efforts focus on developing and applying transdisciplinary approaches that analyze interactions between agriculture, livelihoods, and environmental conservation in tropical and temperate rural landscapes. Most of this work also utilizes a Participatory Action Research approach (PAR) — this interdisciplinary approach is the thread that brings our work together in an effort to directly support conservation and rural development.
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