Sustainable Food Environments
Healthier Food and Agricultural Systems
Our future demands sustainable, healthy agricultural systems and food environments — both in the United States and globally. Our unparalleled breadth and diversity of expertise in nutritional science, agriculture, population health, economics, public policy, public health, statistics, and food systems makes us the leader in interdisciplinary education in this area. By further expanding our capacity in key domains, such as those related to climate change, water, and the food industry, we will continue this leadership and train graduates to develop real-world solutions for the complex interplay between agricultural practice, food systems, sustainability, and health.
We are committed to remaining at the forefront of trans-disciplinary food systems scholarship and practice, helping to achieve the essential goal of feeding future generations sustainably, healthfully, and equitably.
Goals associated with Sustainable Food Environments
Goal V: Integrate principles of social justice, inclusion, and diversity in the School's teaching, research, student experiences, partnerships, and advocacy.
Actively promote a culture of social justice, equity, and advocacy among faculty, staff, and students.
Identify academic and social support systems that serve the unique needs of diverse student populations.
Enhance expertise and capacity for communicating with racially, culturally, socioeconomically, and geographically diverse audiences.
Continue to support research and advocacy work focused on those in greatest need.
Goal VI: Catalyze interdisciplinary, collaborative, and translational science.
Promote, support, and reward interdisciplinary collaborations across biological and human sciences within the Friedman School, HNRCA, other Tufts schools, and beyond.
Develop a network of expert partners outside Tufts to catalyze interdisciplinary, translational projects.
Build faculty capacity to work in interdisciplinary teams to be competitive in pursuing multidisciplinary funding opportunities.
Enhance resources specifically dedicated to the translation of research, including funds, partnerships, incentives to researchers, and staff time.
Goal VII: Promote food systems that increase agricultural sustainability while improving human health.
Strengthen the School's ability to address health and sustainability together through new faculty hires and/or collaborations in climate change and sustainability as well as water, health, and security.
Build expertise through faculty hires and/or new collaborations on the roles of food industry, marketing, and media in food systems and health.
Be the leader in graduating students who have a strong interdisciplinary education in agricultural sustainability, healthy food systems, and nutrition science and policy, including their complex linkages and interrelations.