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Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

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New Report: The Critical To-Do List for Organic Agriculture

“The majority of these recommendations could be accomplished almost immediately, and by doing so we can keep organic agriculture strong for the next thirty years.”
– Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

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Local Hospitals Can Strengthen Our Local Food System

Local Hospitals Can Strengthen Our Local Food System

By Katie Poirier, M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems Graduate  In the mid-20th century, Arizona was one of the most productive agricultural states. Warm temperatures contributed to plentiful harvests of crops such as cotton, alfalfa, and citrus. Arizona’s central cities and rural towns identified with agricultural production. This agricultural tradition is reflected in the Arizona state flag,...

Meet Senior Fellow Ricardo Salvador

Meet Senior Fellow Ricardo Salvador

In this series, we’re sitting down with the Swette Center senior fellows to catch up on food systems, innovation, and what makes a good meal.  Read on for an interview with Ricardo Salvador, Director and Senior Scientist of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.  How did you get interested in food systems...

Spaces of Opportunity: Leading the Way for Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Phoenix

Spaces of Opportunity: Leading the Way for Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Phoenix

By Tucker Larson, Swette Center Student Worker Located in South Phoenix at the northeast corner of Vineyard Road and 15th avenue is the Spaces of Opportunity Garden. The garden is a collaboration between four different nonprofit groups with the goal of transforming empty lots into a diverse agricultural and educational asset in the community. The...