Spring 2016 Day of Service

Food systems entail all of the materials and actions involved in our food. They comprise a vital and complex process from growing to harvesting to processing to packaging to transporting to marketing to preparing to consuming to disposing, all within the environmental, economic and cultural spheres in which they occur. Our food system is also integrally related to a host of environmental challenges facing us today—environmental pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion, and loss of biodiversity, among others. The rising generation of today is responsible for and subject to the effects of the actions and decisions made right now. Tracing the complex journey of our food from farm, river, ocean, ranch—wherever it may start—to our plates will illuminate the numerous connections between our food, society and the environment. There is much to learn as we go from farm to table; from field to fork this spring.