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A healthy world through sustainable food systems.

The World Food System Center was established at ETH Zurich based on the belief that the real-world solutions needed to tackle the challenges our food system faces require collaboration from global and local stakeholders across the entire food value chain.

In order to do this, we support multi- and transdisciplinary approaches to addressing these challenges through research, education, and outreach activities that contribute to sustainable food security.

Latest News from the WFSC

09.09.2016 | Dr. Johannes Fütterer, ETH Zürich

The future of plant breeding

People began to domesticate wild plants more than 10,000 years ago. Since then, we have been breeding crops in order to make them more resistant and to increase yields. New techniques now make it possible to modify genetic material precisely, which raises questions that our society must discuss and try to answer. Read more 

25.08.2016 | WFSC

New publication from ZOMM project

WFSC researcher Julian Helfenstein and colleagues have published first results from the ZOMM project in PLoS ONE . The project looks at zinc uptake from soils and Zn concentration in wheat grains. The results now published suggest that organic wheat for Zn-richer than conventional wheat because of higher nutrient efficiency. Read more 

04.08.2016 | Anna Shemyakova

Nachhaltig essen in Uni-Mensen

The Swiss journal for the hotel and gastronomy sector, Hotellerie Gastronomie Zeitung, interviewed Dörte Bachmann about the Sustainable Catering project. In their article, they report on sustainable campus catering initiatives at ETH Zurich and University of Basel. Read more 

20.07.2016 | Dr. Christina Hartmann, ETH Zürich

Insekten essen: Delikat oder ekelhaft?

Westliche Kulturen verbinden Insekten eher mit Gefahr und Verdorbenem statt mit Essbarem – obwohl sie nachhaltige Proteinlieferanten wären. Wie können wir Insekten für Europa kulinarisch attraktiver machen, so dass die Menschen ihren Ekel überwinden? Read more 

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World Food System Conference 2015

The WFSC organized an international conference from June 21-26 to bring together researchers to discuss ways in which they are "Tackling World Food System Challenges." It took place at Monte Verità, the ETH Zurich conference venue in Ascona, Switzerland run by the Congressi Stefano Franscini.

Find information about the program, the presentations, and more

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