Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability

INFAS Statement on Equity in the Food system

  • INFAS is a network of educators and researchers who are dedicated to food system sustainability and committed to supporting, learning from and partnering with activists in our communities. We recognize that our food system is profoundly inequitable and institutions of higher education hold power and privilege that can be used for good or harm. Equity in opportunity, food access and health outcomes is a non-negotiable foundational principle of a sustainable food system and a core value and commitment for us.
  • To help build equity in the food system, we are focusing on the barrier of structural racism. We recognize multiple forms of oppression; so we also will focus on gender and class oppression, and the intersections among race, class, and gender that shape barriers and opportunities to equity.
  • We make a commitment to collaborate with communities of practice and place through our research, education and convening capabilities to better understand, communicate and find solutions to how food system disparities affect the experiences of those most affected by systemic inequities. We will strive to work with and respect community members as leaders, co-creators of knowledge, co-formulators of questions and co-facilitators in building solutions as we endeavor to create a more just food system for all people.
  • INFAS Statement Supporters

INFAS Mission

Established in 2010 with an endowment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS) is a national network of university and college educators, researchers, and activists, representing 25 institutions and spanning 20 states, who collaborate in analysis, synthesis, and problem-solving with practitioners to increase U.S. food-system resilience; to illuminate critical trends and common stewardship of public goods essential for food systems, such as water, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and public institutions; and to reduce inequity and vulnerability in the U.S. food system.

INFAS objectives

  1. Increase the capacity of the scientific community to address the nation's major sustainability challenges

  2. Increase the scientific underpinnings of sustainability debates

  3. Raise the visibility of challenges posed by current food systems

Through addressing these objectives, INFAS ultimately seeks to improve access to healthy food for all children in the United States, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable children and communities.  The network also works to identify critical trends and forge collaborative solutions to improve agriculture and food system sustainability. 

For more information, contact Joanna Friesner, National Network Coordinator

INFAS activities:

  • INFAS provides continuing support to a network of scholars representing institutions and organizations committed to the development and support of food and agricultural systems that sustain the health of people, society and the natural environment.  
  • INFAS enables scholars to engage more effectively with local communities, advocacy groups, and policy makers in order to forge collaborative solution across regions, universities, institutions, citizen scholars, and urban and rural communities with highly vulnerable populations to improve food system sustainability, public awareness and policy for the common good.  
  • The Kellogg endowment creates permanent institutional capacity within INFAS for collaborative, critical analyses of programs and policies to accelerate the transition to food system sustainability and social justice. 
  •  INFAS meetings and other activities provide cohesion among participants that supports these larger objectives.  

INFAS events and Presentations

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INFAS Governance Executive Committee

  • Molly Anderson, College of the Atlantic. Chair, term 2014-2015. Committee term: 2012 - 2016
  • Tom Kelly, University of New Hampshire. Chair-elect, term 2014-2015.
            Committee term: 2014 - 2017
  • Bruce Milne, University of New Mexico. Committee term: 2012 - 2015
  • John O'Sullivan, North Carolina A&T University Committee term: 2012 - 2015
  • Patricia Allen, Marylhurst University. Committee term: 2012 - 2016
  • Nancy Creamer, North Carolina State University. Committee term: 2014 - 2017
  • INFAS Governing Executive Committee Ex Officio Members

    • Shorlette Ammons, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Community outreach and impact
    • To be named, Real Food Challenge
    • Tom Tomich, University of California, Davis, INFAS host

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    INFAS member institutions

     Independent Scholars

  • Kate Clancy, Food Systems Consultant