The current approach to food, nutrition, agriculture, and the environment is unsustainable and must change.”


What is the Food System?

The food system is the social and ecological system encompassing all the drivers, activities and resources that go into producing, distributing and consuming food. The food system intersects with aspects of public health, culture, society, economics, public policy, and the environment.

Moving toward a more sustainable food system will require addressing the problems in the food system in a comprehensive and systematic way.


Position Papers, Case Studies, Initiatives and Planning Documents on Food Systems Change: 

The Science of Sustainable Food System: Peer-Reviewed Literature on Building Sustainable, Equitable, Healthy & Resilient Food Systems

Fardkhales, S. A., & Lincoln, N. (2021). Food hubs play an essential role in the COVID-19 response in Hawaiʻi. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(2), 1-18.
Look, M. A., Soong S., & Kaholokula, J. K. (2020). Assessment and priorities for health and well-being in native hawaiians and other pacific peoples. Honolulu, HI: Dept. of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi.
Suryanata, K., Mostafanezhad, M., & Milne, N. (2020). Becoming a New Farmer: agrarianism and the contradictions of diverse economies. Rural Sociology.Khan, S. S., Arita, S., Howitt, R., & Leung, P. (2019). A calibrated model of local food system of Hawaiʻi: What are the economic implications of the state’s food goals and policies?. Natural Resource Modeling, 32(1), e12196.
Kurashima, N., Fortini, L., & Ticktin, T. (2019). The potential of indigenous agricultural food production under climate change in Hawaiʻi. Nature Sustainability, 2(3), 191-199.
Mostafanezhad, M., & Suryanata, K. (2018). Is farming sexy? Agro-food initiatives and the contested value of agriculture in post-plantation Hawaiʻi. Geoforum, 91, 227-234.
Winter, K. B., Beamer, K., Vaughan, M. B., Friedlander, A. M., Kido, M. H., Whitehead, A. N., … & Nyberg, B. (2018). The Moku System: Managing biocultural resources for abundance within social-ecological regions in Hawaiʻi. Sustainability, 10(10), 3554.
Kimura, A. H., & Suryanata, K. (Eds.). (2016). Food and Power in Hawaiʻi: Visions of Food Democracy. University of Hawaiʻi Press.
Mostafanezhad, M., Suryanata, K., Azizi, S., & Milne, N. (2015). “Will weed for food”: The political economy of organic farm volunteering in Hawaiʻi. Geoforum, 65, 125-133.

Press Works on Food Systems and Sustainability

Hawaiʻi and Beyond
Can Healthy Food Save the Planet by EAT
What is a healthy and sustainable diet? by Johan Rockström & Walter Willett by EAT

Food is the single strongest lever to optimize human health and environmental sustainability on Earth..”

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health (2019).