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The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems addresses interconnected environmental, social and economic challenges facing the global food system. Food systems are an effective lens for understanding and acting on some of the most pressing issues facing communities, including growing global food insecurity. Food can act as a vehicle for change. School snack programs that purchase fruit directly from local producers who use low impact farming methods make the connections between human, community, economic and ecological well being more explicit.

Through food, citizens, practitioners, policy-makers and academics can experience and understand the importance of ecological stewardship, social justice, prosperous economies, participatory democracy and food security.

The centre brings together researchers studying these issues from across Laurier including Geography and Environmental Studies, Psychology, Biology, Global Studies, Religion and Culture as well as the School of Business and Economics.