Auburn University Food Systems Institute

Auburn University has long included disciplines that are part of a “food system,” but what is a food system? Briefly, a food system refers to the complicated, interrelated system necessary to feed a population – growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption and disposal of food and food-related items. The Auburn University Food System Institute (AUFSI) brings those strengths together in an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental venture to contribute to the safety and quality of the U.S. food supply and the viability of different parts of the food system. We like to talk about food from “farm to fork” or “pond to plate,” but a food system also includes social, political, economic and environmental contexts that affect the food supply.