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Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

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Together, we drive social progress, economic productivity and ecosystem resilience through food systems transformation

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NEW REPORT: Grow Organic: The Climate, Health, and Economic Case for Expanding Organic Agriculture

“Expanding organic agriculture is an investment in our future, one that could ultimately produce significant returns. Today’s conventional system contains immense hidden costs subsidized by our tax dollars that we can no longer afford. When we account for the true costs of our current farming systems—including health, environmental, social, and economic impacts—the value of organic farming is undeniable. This report lays out where we need to go.”
– Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

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Growing Vegetables in the Desert

Growing Vegetables in the Desert

By: Kelly Sheridan, ASU Sustainable Food Systems graduate student.  Did you know that 90% of leafy greens (i.e., lettuce, kale, spinach, etc.) produced/consumed during winter in the US and Canada are grown in Yuma, Arizona[1]? That means the odds that you have consumed lettuce from Desert Premium Farms are very high! During our weeklong immersive farm...

Industry Disruptor Working to Solve Hunger for 1.1 Billion People

Industry Disruptor Working to Solve Hunger for 1.1 Billion People

By: Mauricio Cordova Flores, ASU Sustainable Food Systems graduate student.  OnePointOne vertical farm start-up focuses on the power of plants that can help address food insecurity worldwide. When brothers Sam and John Bertram learned that 1.1 billion people began this millennium suffering from food insecurity, they started on a journey to create technology that can help...

Farmer-Driven Conservation in the Heart of Yuma, Arizona

Farmer-Driven Conservation in the Heart of Yuma, Arizona

By: Elizabeth Reilly, ASU Sustainable Food Systems graduate student. It’s said that there are “five C’s” that power Arizona: climate, copper, cotton, cattle, and citrus. Mark Kuechel, owner and operator of Kuechel Farms, comes from a long line – four generations, in fact – of experts in one of these C’s: citrus. But, after spending the...