In response to these challenges, we need a shift in focus towards a holistic and situated understanding of community food systems, and systems science frameworks. We also need advances in technological and scientific innovations that would enable communities to monitor, understand, and address food systems and food security risks. Together this will help us transform food systems through effective programs and policies, so that community lifestyles are healthier, more resilient and sustainable.

One in four residents in LA County go hungry. Rates of food insecurity here are back up to 24% in 2022.

Kayla de la Haye, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Food System Equity, USC Center for Economic and Social Research; Adjunct Associate Professor, USC Spatial Sciences Institute