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UW and partners launch project examining sustainability in animal agriculture

October 17, 2022

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH), together with collaborators from the Washington State University (WSU) Food Systems program, the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, and the Washington D.C.-based Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, are embarking on a multi-year interdisciplinary effort investigating the intersection of animal agriculture, environmental sustainability,...

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Introducing food system diplomacy, a method to positively influence the health of people and the planet

October 5, 2022

By Kate Stringer When the global food system is thrown into crisis — whether that’s due to a pandemic, a war, a drought — often the first concern is economic fallout. But prioritizing the needs of commerce often comes at the expense of other interests: occupational health, environmental health, and social equity.  That’s why food...

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Article authored by UW professor highlights food insecurity root causes

August 12, 2022

This September, the White House will convene a conference on hunger, nutrition, and health.  Leading up to the conference, the White House is organizing several listening sessions across America to hear firsthand from people impacted by food insecurity and to collect ideas about how to end hunger and hunger-related diseases and disparities. Ahead of this...

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Survey of Washington state tribal communities illustrates how pandemic has exacerbated food disparities

December 7, 2021

Project finds barriers to traditional foods access and major disparities in food insecurity among Washington state tribal communities during the COVID-19 pandemic A recent survey of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals sheds further light on the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Washington State tribal communities. The project, the WA Tribal Food Survey (WATRIBAL),...

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How a key nutritional program adapted to the pandemic

December 1, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic created economic hardship and food insecurity for many families, a key governmental program for nutritional support pivoted to offer remote services and more flexible food options. As a result, participation and satisfaction with the program grew, according to findings from a new study by University of Washington researchers and the program,...

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New website highlights food systems experts and educational opportunities across UW

October 28, 2021

A new Food Systems at UW website has been launched to provide a central resource hub of people, organizations, and educational opportunities related to food systems at UW. The website was initiated by the UW Food Systems Education and Research Network, and this network aims to:  Bring together UW experts from multiple disciplines to address...

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UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

WAFOOD food security survey now open to WA residents

July 15, 2021

A third wave of the WAFOOD Survey is now active, and asks all Washington State residents over the age of 18 to provide information on their household food access, economic security, and emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier findings gathered in June and July 2020, found that 30% of WA households were food insecure,...

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Food Insecurity and Food Assistance During COVID-19: Follow-up Survey of Wa State

Reliance on food assistance programs on the rise in Washington State

May 11, 2021

Food insecurity remains high and disparities persist among Washington State households, while reliance on food assistance programs across the state have risen over the past six months, according to new data published by the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition. The latest report from the WAFOOD research team compares data from two surveys,...

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How farms and ranches in Washington have been impacted by COVID-19

March 31, 2021

Nearly 60% of farms and ranches in Washington State have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020, and expect to make changes to adapt their businesses in 2021, according to a new report published by the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition in collaboration with Washington State University and the Washington State Department...

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UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

WAFOOD survey receives support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

January 26, 2021

Among the several non-profit organizations and programs receiving recent emergency funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the University of Washington Foundation has received a gift in support of the WAFOOD food insecurity survey. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has to date provided $12 million in emergency funding to provide relief to the...

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