What is a Food System?

A food system is the sum of all activities required to make food available to people. This includes: production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste.

A sustainable food system integrates all of these elements to enhance economic, environmental, social, and nutritional health for all.

Sustainable Food System Chart

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Interactive Food System Map