Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Faculty: Natural scientists from all areas in SAFS collaborating with social scientists, including: Carlos Garcia-Quijano, Will Green, Emi Uchida, Hiro Uchida, Richard Sheridan, Thomas Sproul
Specialization Coordinator: Marta Gomez-Chiarri
Meeting the challenges of sustainably producing food in the face of a growing population and global change without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs requires an integrated understanding of both the natural and human-driven systems involved in the production and consumption of food. This interdisciplinary program builds upon URI’s unique set of expertise in agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, nutrition and food science, community planning and design, engineering, environmental management and policy, resource economics, business, environmental anthropology, sociology, and global development. Faculty teams with contributors from both the natural and social sciences use a broad array of approaches to help achieve the sustainable production, management, consumption, and utilization of plants and animals to help in the development of healthy communities. Projects emphasize the integration of different systems (soil, microbes, plants, animals, and humans) and different disciplines (molecular, cellular and organismal biology, ecology, economics, policy, anthropology, and sociology).