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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

STEP: Food Systems

Food systems entail all of the actions that take place and materials used in order to feed us.  This includes the processes and materials involved in growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, preparing, consuming, and disposing of our food.  The food system is enormous, complex, and integrally related to a host of environmental and social challenges including pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, fair trade, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, and hunger.

Solutions to Environmental Problems: Food Systems is a course with multi-disciplinary lectures, readings and discussions, laboratory work, field trips and student group projects.  The student-led projects are hands-on and offer real-world experiences that establish workable solutions to the problems in our food systems that can become institutional programs at Loyola.

Student Projects

The Food Systems course is offered in rotation to STEP Water and Biodiesel.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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