Food Systems


Food Systems is an exciting and flourishing domain of inquiry, one that looks at the complex and interdependent relationships between humans and their food - everything from microbes found in compost facilities to global trade agreements.

Always keeping in mind that food systems are evolving and dynamic, our curriculum integrates social science, humanities and natural science approaches to understanding connections among vital interests of humanity in creating nourishment, pursuing health and well-being and sustaining the environment.

The program draws from over 40 UVM faculty members with primary affiliations in 14 departments extended across 5 colleges. The program curriculum integrates humanities, social and natural science approaches to understanding complex and interdependent food systems of varying scope and scale.

Students examine key issues in our contemporary food system through:

  • Collaborate with community partners on a variety of food systems problems and solutions
  • Engage in experiential education from farm-to-plate, in the field and in the laboratory
  • Integrate ideas and knowledge using a transdisciplinary approach


Food Systems AMP

Food Systems M.S.

Food Systems Ph.D.