A nation can only be as healthy as its people. The daily news reminds us that we are overweight and obese and are suffering from preventable chronic diseases and that our country cannot sustain the level of health care costs through the next few decades. Extension professionals have the knowledge and experience to examine our food system closely and carry the momentum to promote healthy sustainable food systems aligned with our national guidelines. The goal is to create linkages among food systems, public health, and sustainable agriculture in order to achieve healthier eating and healthier communities.
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Morgan, K. T., & Fitzgerald, N. (2014). Thinking Collectively: Using a Food Systems Approach to Improve Public Health. The Journal of Extension, 52(3), Article 25. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss3/25