Explore the intersection of food and sustainability and read about the impacts of food production, packaging, and waste on our environment and society.
Goals & Progress
Find out what goals have been set and how far we've come toward reaching them.
Learn about the students, faculty, staff, and community members addressing the issues of food and sustainability at IU.
Programs & Resources
Discover what's being done at IU and how you can get involved.
Food represents a primary interface between environmental and social sustainability and personal choice. Everyone eats, but what everyone eats has implications far beyond the plate. Increasingly, Americans eat foods that have traveled thousands of miles, come in plastic packaging, are grown with chemical inputs, and were harvested and packaged by workers about which the consumer knows little. All of this requires a vast amount of energy, which, given climate change and impending oil shortages, threatens long-term food security.
At IU, a number of student groups and the Food Working Group are working with the main on-campus food providers to begin sourcing local food.