Berkeley Food Institute

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The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) works to catalyze and support transformative changes in food systems, to promote diversity, justice, resilience, and health, from the local to the global. BFI envisions a world in which nutritious, affordable food is available for all and is produced sustainably and fairly, ensuring healthy people and a healthy planet.

The College of Natural Resources, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley Law, and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley have joined together to develop this unique institute, which is dedicated to galvanizing the transition to more resilient and just food systems, from local to global scales. BFI has over 95 affiliated faculty and staff on the UC Berkeley campus.

The BFI has four primary overlapping strategies: research, education, policy, and practice/community engagement. The Institute’s activities are focused around four key areas: Sustainable Agriculture and Ecosystems; Society and Culture; Economics and Business; and Policy and Justice. Health is recognized as a central thread, since food systems interact with health of individuals, society, the economy, farms, ecosystems, and the planet.

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