Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems B.S.



Marta Gomez-Chiarri
Phone: 401.874.2917

This interdisciplinary program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need to contribute to the sustainable development, production, harvesting, management, and utilization of terrestrial and aquatic microorganisms, plants, and animals by society worldwide.

The major allows you to explore food systems–from farm to plate to waste and back–emphasizing sustainability, health, equity, and resilience from economic, environmental, and societal perspectives.

The core values that distinguish Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from traditional agriculture programs include:

  • an emphasis on the intrinsic value of heterogeneous scales of production (from small farms that sell directly to consumers to large scale producers)
  • preserving local food cultures and biodiversity while understanding the way other cultures produce and use food (from local to global)
  • an ecosystem-based approach to agriculture (also integrating the contributions of aquaculture and fisheries)
  • the greening of urban landscapes