Indiana exemplifies the predominant agricultural system in the U.S. Midwest Corn Belt that emphasizes production of a few commodity crops in a heavily mechanized system dependent on fossil fuels, synthet pesticides and fertilizers, and economies of scale. The state illustrates challenges and opportunities of rebuilding food production on local/regional scales, as a growing sector of farms and community food initiatives are working to resurrect food processing and aggregation infrastructure that has been lost and to increase the availability of fresh foods through alternative food networks.
Indiana University Sustainable Food Systems Science is a group of faculty, researchers and community partners engaged in applied work for food system change in Indiana. We focus on network development and provide technical assistance on the human dimensions of the food system.
Human Dimensions: Focusing on the ways individuals make decisions and adopt sustainable behaviors in the food system, we study farmers, eaters and the supply chain decision makers in local and regional food systems in Indiana.