Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health

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December 14, 2020

What you can do to reduce food waste

Jennifer Otten

Consumers from around the world waste mountains of food. In fact, food is the largest category of waste in landfills, where it generates methane, a contributor to global climate change. Associate Professor and Food Systems Director Jennifer Otten offers tips on how each of use can reduce consumer food waste.


December 8, 2020

WSDA joins UW and WSU to learn more about COVID-19 impacts to agriculture

Cows grazing in WA state field

How the UW, WSU is joining with the Washington Department of Agriculture to study how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Washington’s farms and ranches and those working in agriculture and learn how they have been weathering this deadly pandemic.


Round 2 of Washington study underway to determine food, economic insecurity during pandemic

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How UW, WSU, and Tacoma Community College researchers, along with input from partners in Washington State local, county, and state government, are understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on food insecurity and access in our state.


November 25, 2020

Nearly one-third of Washington households not getting enough food since start of pandemic: study

Workers collection food donations

Findings from a study conducted by a research team from UW, WSU, and Tacoma Community College studied how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted economic and food security in Washington State are highlighted in this story from the Seattle P-I.


October 8, 2020

Research Shows the Importance and Paradox of Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childcare worker wearing mask, teaching child in mask

This story highlights research by Jennifer Otten that highlights the deep crisis ECCE providers and teachers face and how low wages force many to the brink of poverty. Many lack access to health insurance or paid sick or family leave.


Research Shows the Importance and Paradox of Early Childhood Care and Education

Dependable child care is critical for healthy development—and for the nation to return to work. However, costs are often unaffordable even while many child-care workers are not making a living wage. Ultimately, the entire nation faces the consequences of a system in crisis.


October 7, 2020

UW and WSU collaborate to advance food systems education in Washington

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The University of Washington and Washington State University are embarking together on a project to strengthen and transform food systems education in Washington State. The two institutions have been jointly awarded a Higher Education Challenge planning grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)….


September 24, 2020

Food insecurity in Washington State highest among low-income groups and persons of color

Photo of family preparing a meal

Food insecurity has spiked post Covid-19, affecting an estimated 30% of households in WA State and bringing many pre-existing social inequities to light. Highest rates were observed among households below the poverty line (58%), with some college education or less (44%), and for persons of color (42%).  Households with children were also affected. Of the…


September 15, 2020

Food insecurity rates have more than doubled since start of COVID-19 pandemic

National Guard volunteer helping pack food at Norwthwest Harvest

Since the onset of the pandemic, food insecurity rates have more than doubled in WA state, according to UW Nutritional Sciences and Center for Public Health Nutrition Center researchers who comment on the recently compiled the results from their first round of a statewide survey. 


August 28, 2020

Changes to food system needed to reduce consumer food waste, new report says

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Jennifer Otten, associate professor in the UW Nutritional Sciences Program co-authored this new report which identifies recommendations for reducing consumer food waste at a national level.



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