Sustainable Food Systems

two students gardeningThe B.S. degree in Sustainable Food Systems explores theinterconnected activities from production to consumption of food or generation of food waste, the people involved, and all factors that influence these activities or are influenced by them. The study of food systems is highly impacted by issues of sustainability, social justice, environmental policy, and community development. Food Systems studies allow students to develop complex reasoning skills and practical applications of knowledge to solve socio-ecological problems.

The program offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in:

  • Plant and soil sciences
  • Food science & human nutrition
  • Animal & veterinary sciences
  • Social & natural sciences
  • Communication & leadership

After the completion of the Sustainable Food Systems degree at the University of Maine, students can look forward to careers in:

  • Food policy within organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Improving community food security within organizations, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Natio
    nal School Lunch Program, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Farm management, food waste management, and food distribution as a farm-owner, farm manager, or in the employment of a wide range of food businesses.


School of Food and Agriculture

5763 Rogers Hall, Room 210
The University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469



First-Year Contact

Eileen Molloy