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Front. Nutr. | doi: 10.3389/fnut.2017.00074

The Chicago Consensus on Sustainable Food Systems Science

  • 1University of Washington, United States

As participants at the Ecosystem Inception Meeting convened by the Global Dairy Platform and held in Chicago in June 2016, we have identified some concepts as central to the study of food systems science. Following the definition developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization for sustainable diets, the food supply needs to provide foods that are healthy and safe, affordable, culturally acceptable, and with low impact on the environment. The four main domains of sustainable food systems science can therefore be described as health, economics, society, and the environment.
Food systems science needs to embrace and engage with all relevant allied disciplines that may include environmental health sciences, epidemiology, geography, history, sociology, anthropology, business, and political science. Research and training in food systems science, both domestic and international, would benefit from a set of competencies; from more extensive research networks, and from more public-private engagement.
This document builds on major advances in the area of food system research, training, and practice, already achieved by individuals, institutions, foundations, and by local and national governments.

Keywords: food systems, nutrition, sustainability, cost, environment

Received: 09 Aug 2017; Accepted: 22 Dec 2017.

Edited by:

Mark A. Lawrence, Deakin University, Australia

Reviewed by:

Sandra L. MURRAY, University of Tasmania, Australia
Gabrielle M. O'Kane, University of Canberra, Australia  

Copyright: © 2017 Drewnowski. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Adam Drewnowski, University of Washington, Seattle, United States, adamdrew@u.washington.edu