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Foodbetter Harvard is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President. The two-day summit is a signature event of the University-wide Foodbetter Harvard Initiative.

First organized in the 2014–2015 academic year, the Initiative highlights the power of interdisciplinary knowledge and discovery taking place across the University's Schools, and explores the complex questions about food that challenge our region and the world.

Foodbetter Harvard invites the University community to ask questions about the food system and how to improve it: how to grow better, eat better, shop better, conserve better . . . how to Foodbetter. 

Institutional Commitment

The vitality of our University depends on the health of our people. Harvard is committed to promoting smart, healthy food choices and supporting locally grown food and products. As part of our University-wide, holistic Sustainability Plan, Harvard is also developing Sustainable and Healthful Food Standards that support personal well-being, local communities, and contribute to the long-term health of the environment. 

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Origins

In 2014-2015, the Harvard Innovation Lab hosted a year-long Deans' Food System Challenge, in which students from across the University were invited to develop innovative solutions to make our food system more healthy and sustainable. In conjunction with the Challenge, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard University Dining Services, Food Literacy Project, and Harvard Office for Sustainability opened a community-wide dialogue about how we can Foodbetter, which included events, excursions, and more. 

The 2016 Foodbetter Harvard two-day summit was envisioned by Aaron Bernstein, the Associate Director of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment and pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children's Hospital, and was organized and sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President in coordination with Harvard University Dining Services, Harvard College of Student Life, Harvard Office of Work/Life, and the Harvard Office for Sustainability.

Contributors to the Foodbetter Initiative also include the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Food Literacy Project.