Identifying Leverage Points for Transformation in Urban Food Systems

Project Name:
Identifying Leverage Points for Transformation in Urban Food Systems
Project Type:
This research project focuses on identifying leverage points for positive transformation in the Flint, Michigan food system. As a result of the city’s economic decline, aid from all levels of government and organizations are working to decrease the rise in food insecurity and malnutrition. This project collaborates with multiple stakeholders to determine how these interventions from all levels can work together. A series of workshops, interviews, and historical research will identify the factors that inhibit positive change in the Flint food system. Researchers will then develop models together with Flint residents to analyze the food system and formulate plans to transform the system towards better human health and sustainability outcomes. This research will help develop a model food system to support collective action that promotes healthy and affordable food access for the Flint community.
leverage points, food system, food security, nutrition, modeling, Flint
Project Audience:
Flint community members; local, state, and national policymakers; food systems and food policy researchers
Project Funder:
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, with matching funds from the C.S. Mott Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Fitness Foundation, and Michigan State University.
Project Principal Investigator:
Dr. Steven Gray
Project Principal Investigator:
Dr. Laura Schmitt Olabisi
Key Personnel:
Dr. Jennifer Hodbod, Dr. Maria Claudia Lopez, Dr. Miles McNall, Rich Pirog, Bob Brown, and Artina Sadler
Lead Institution:
Michigan State University
Current Community Partners:
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Project Contact Name:
Steven Gray
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