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Food systems

Food system research and projects from the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems addressing issues across the food supply chain including processing, distribution, markets, policy, purchasing and consumption, with an emphasis on the environment, health, and society.

Current CIAS Food System Work

Farm To Institution

Food in a box to go

Bridging the space between the farm and institutions including Farm To School, Farm to Business, and more.

About Farm To Institution
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Food transportation

Milk truck transporting milk

The transport of food from producer to consumer – commonly perceived as the environmental footprint of foods.

About food transportation
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Dairy supply management

Dairy cows in front of a barn

How consumers can rely on a steady supply of dairy products and how dairy farmers can retain a secure stream of revenue.

About dairy supply management

Local and regional food systems

Local foods at a farmers market

How to integrate sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management to enhance the environmental, and economic health of a particular area.

About local and regional food systems and supply chains
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Agriculture of the Middle

A farm surrounded by agriculture fields

Creating strategic alliances among farmers, processors, distributors and retailers to reach consumers who care about the impacts of their food purchases. Supporting keeping farmers and ranchers on the land.

About Agriculture of
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Driftless Food and Farm Project

View of the Driftless Region of Wisconsin

Highlighting the work of farmers, supply chain businesses, consumers and organizations who create the local food system in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

About the Driftless Region Food & Farm Project

News

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Publications and other resources