History of Food Studies
From its inception as a land grant institution, the University of Arizona has been the center of food research in Arizona. From agricultural sciences to folklore, cutting-edge nutrition to ancient food systems, UA researchers have played an important role in documenting and promoting the borderland culinary heritage that makes Tucson a distinct food city.
This expertise contributed to Tucson’s selection as the first and only city in North America to be named a City of Gastronomy by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The following are some of the programs highlighted in the UNESCO application.
The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences will manage the implementation of the various research...College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
The UA Community and School Garden Program is an internship based course centered in the School of Geography and Development.Community and School Garden Program
In 2014, the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences sponsored a Downtown Lecture...Tucson Downtown Lecture Series
Assisting arid land communities around the world in entrepreneurial initiatives regarding food, water, and arable land security to assure future livelihoods and production of healthy…
Buffering society from climate change impacts by providing audits of vulnerability to climate-generated disruptions of food supply chains by risk assessments and planning for resilience.
Working with the private and non-profit sectors to create green jobs in farming and food distribution that provide livable wages.
Increasing food security in the borderlands region, which is characterized by high levels of poverty and un-/under-employment.
Lessening water and green waste by planning and designing means to capture these material streams to generate more productivity.
Providing research support, technical assistance, and student engagement pathways for local food entrepreneurs and non-profits interested in promoting the regional cultures and heritage of foodways…
Restoring pollinator diversity and environmental health back to food-producing landscapes through faculty-led student participation in food chain restoration.
In the news
- 06 AprRead more
UNESCO’s first City of Gastronomy in the U.S. relies on its built-in biodiversity and a wide network of food justice organizations to feed its most
- 12 DecRead more
Marking the December 15 second anniversary of Tucson, Arizona’s designation as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the United States, the University of Arizona
- 19 DecRead more
This paper addresses how food systems and transboundary food supply chains are mediated and shaped by (cross-) cultural and geopolitical borders that function as selective
- 21 NovRead more
Conservationists hope to boost livelihoods along the poverty-stricken Arizona–Mexico borderlands by repairing habitat for more than 900 species of wild pollinators Gary Nabhan
- 27 OctRead more
Other regions of North America may claim that they are the Corn Belt or the Bible Belt, but here in Tucson, we cling to the
- 20 Oct
Food Chain Restoration for Pollinators: Regional Habitat Recovery Strategies Involving Protected Areas of the SouthwestRead more
The steep declines over the last quarter century of wild pollinators in the Southwest among native bees, monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus L.), hummingbirds, and nectar-feeding
- 18 JulRead more
The desert surrounding Tucson, Arizona, is filled with soaring Saguaro cactus, their bright red fruits long a delicacy here.
- 08 FebRead more
A half century since Cesar Chavez led a national boycott of grapes to highlight the civil rights of farmworkers, the status of both immigrant and
What our friends are saying about UNESCO
It’s great to see people from the university and the city government and the nonprofits and the businesses all rowing together in the same direction, and that’s what made a difference.Gary Paul Nabhan
This is really a milestone in the history of Tucson.John Paul Jones III
This the beginning; this is not the end of the road. It’s a great success, but now we have to take advantage of this designation and keep selling Tucson as the great place that it is.Felipe Garcia