UC Davis students volunteering at a food bank


An equitable food system is one in which everyone— including those most vulnerable and those living in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color — can fully participate, prosper and benefit. Smart Farm collaborators work at all scales of agricultural production and with communities to ensure that the people producing our food enjoy safe and equitable conditions, and that our food system meets the needs of all people. Our work in this area focuses on the following:

  • Experiential learning opportunities where students develop the skills needed to tackle interrelated challenges of sustainability and equity.
  • Developing appropriate technologies for agriculture at all scales around the world
  • Environmental justice and public policy.
  • Investigating disparities in health, policy and environmental outcomes around the food-energy-waste nexus. 
  • Developing programs that advocate for the health of vulnerable populations.
  • Advancing healthy and safe working conditions for farm workers.  

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