Our research team monitors and examines China's changing food system and its implications for food security, food safety, and environmental health within China and beyond. From field to table, we characterize transitions happening at each stage of the food supply chain in China, and investigate the drivers of and barriers to stimulating positive transitions to create a more sustainable food system. With a broad focus on issues such as the informal food sector, small food enterprises, food safety, new food retail, and ethical food consumption, we try to develop a comprehensive understanding of food system transitions, and delineate its complexity by studying major food issues and their interrelations. 

Our research is based on two research grants:

See our studies particularly in ecological agriculture by visiting the Ecological Agriculture in China website.

See our collaboration with Hungry Cities Partnership.

  1. Apr. 16, 2020Our books
  2. Mar. 16, 2020Zhenzhong Si interviewed about COVID-19

    Zhenzhong Si was interviewed recently by the following media outlets about China's wet markets and the COVID-19 outbreak:

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We are currently facilitating a LinkedIn group called China’s Changing Food System, and we welcome people with diverse backgrounds to participate in the discussion.

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Zhenzhong Si

Postdoctoral fellow

Zhenzhong Si's research interests range from food security, food safety and food system sustainability to rural development in China. He got his PhD in Geography from University of Waterloo in 2015. He is currently Postdoctoral Fellow researching the Food Security Impacts of COVID-19 at Balsillie School of International Affairs.