INFAS provides continuing support to a network of scholars representing institutions and organizations committed to the development and support of food and agricultural systems that sustain the health of people, society and the natural environment.  

INFAS enables scholars to engage more effectively with local communities, advocacy groups, and policy makers in order to forge collaborative solution across regions, universities, institutions, citizen scholars, and urban and rural communities with highly vulnerable populations to improve food system sustainability, public awareness and policy for the common good.  

The Kellogg endowment creates permanent institutional capacity within INFAS for collaborative, critical analyses of programs and policies to accelerate the transition to food system sustainability and social justice. 

 INFAS meetings and other activities provide cohesion among participants that supports these larger objectives.

Our Publications

INFAS Publications

February 12, 2018: 

A deeper Challenge of Change: The role of land-grant universities in assessing and ending structural racism in the US food system. An INFAS supplement to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ The Challenge of Change: Harnessing University Discovery, Engagement, and Learning to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security report.

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An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System

New Editions, updated regularly; To share feedback or suggest a resource for the next edition of this publication, please contact Rich Pirog at rspirog@msu.edu.

-->New! All entries in the annotated bibliography are now available in Zotero. Zotero is a free software that lets users easily save, manage, and cite sources. The Zotero library for the annotated bibliography is available at: https://www.zotero.org/groups/1972910/annotated_bibliography_on_structural_racism_present_in_the_u.s._food_system

April 4, 2016: INFAS-sponsored special JAFSCD issue (Labor in the Food System from Farm to Table) 

Labor in the Food System: A View from INFAS, by Joanna Friesner (INFAS National Network Coordinator) and INFAS members

 April 2016: Labor in the Food System, from Farm to Table Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

July 2013:"Economic impacts of local food systems: Future research prioritiesJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

July 2013:"Economic impacts of local food systems: Future research prioritiesJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

August 2013: "Food Webs and Food Sovereignty: Research Agenda for SustainabilityJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

September 2013: “Critical Research Needs for Successful Food Systems Adaptation to Climate Change Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development