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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
Food Systems News
Pioneering Farm to School
By: Jocelyn Moguin, ASU Sustainable Food Systems graduate student.
Garfield Elementary School, located in Phoenix, Arizona, is pioneering the Farm to School movement through science, nourishment, leadership, sustainability, collaboration, and social and emotional aspects.
In December of 2022, Arizona State University Sustainable Food Systems Graduate Students had the opportunity to explore integral parts in food systems through...
Returning to Our Roots at Hayden Flour Mills
By: Tim Sullivan, ASU Sustainable Food Systems graduate student.
Our ASU graduate cohort arrived at Hayden Flour Mills, our last stop of the second day on our Arizona food and farm immersion, as the sun was gently moving downwards towards the western horizon. It was peacefully quiet while we soaked in the ambiance and awaited...
Searching for Pests with USDA
By: Brock LaChapelle, ASU Sustainable Food Systems graduate student.
This past fall, the ASU Sustainable Food Systems cohort visited the APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine facility in Yuma, Arizona. APHIS is an agency within the United States Department of Agriculture that oversees and initiates response pertaining to animal health, animal welfare and plant health. Additionally, they ensure that U.S. agricultural and...