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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.


New Research Grants Awarded

1.6 million CHF awarded to five new projects through the World Food System Grants Platform. Read more here.

Latest News from the WFSC

21.04.2017 | Prof. Achim Walter, ETH Zürich

More variety? Eat buckwheat!

What will it take to make our agroecosystems more diverse and secure? Take buckwheat, for example – an ancient grain-like plant with considerable potential. It's not related to cereals, yet produces storable seeds and can taste anything from deliciously tart to bitter. Read more 

20.04.2017 | WFSC

“Expired” food: directly in the trashcan or still consumable?

In a series entitled Fight against Food Waste, SRF News discusses the amount of food waste from the field to our plate and tips for knowing if “expired” food is still “good.” In an interview, WFSC member Prof. Martin Loessner (Laboratory of Food Microbiology) provides some helpful rules when looking at the “use by” dates on different foods. Read more 

18.04.2017 | WFSC

Small Farms: Stewards of Global Nutrition?

Globally, small and medium farms of less than 50 hectares produce more than half (51-77 percent) of nearly all the foods and nutrients that are most central to our diet. This analysis is from a new article in the The Lancet Planetary Health and highlighted in a new Food Matters report from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Read more 

12.04.2017 | Wim Thiery, ETH Zürich

The cooling effect of agricultural irrigation

Previously, scientists have suggested that agricultural irrigation affects mean climate in several regions of the world. New evidence now shows that this cooling influence is even more pronounced when it comes to climate extremes. 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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