What Is a Food System?

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) defines food system as encompassing
all the stages of keeping people fed: growing, harvesting, packing, processing, transporting,
marketing, consuming, and disposing of food. But it’s not just one system—it’s systems
within systems. It’s ecosystems, agricultural systems, processing systems, transportation
systems, marketing systems, and much more. It’s the interconnected web of resources,
activities, and people and the decisions that they make that gets food to your table.

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