About the blog


1. The supporting of life or health; maintenance or means of livelihood

2. Something, especially food, that sustains life or health

3. Something that sustains something else; essential support


SUSTENANCE is a resource for students by students that examines the multifaceted issues around food production and distribution in the United States.  The authors believe that environmentally sensitive, transparent, equitable, shorter, community driven food value chains are an important part of the solution to these complex issues.  We invite you to explore the eclectic food system issues and solutions presented here.

SUSTENANCE authors are graduate students studying local food systems at  Michigan State University’s Department of Community Sustainability.