Grants fund sustainable food systems study

May 5, 2011 at 10:15 PM

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- Grants have been awarded to several universities to study ways to improve sustainable food systems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

All awards will fund programs that will examine ways to establish, organize, increase and promote food security, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said in a release.

Through this program, the Agriculture Department hopes to "win the future by understanding the needs of low-income communities in order to better meet their food and nutrition needs," Merrigan said.

Among the projects receiving grants are Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Tech, University of Wyoming, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Alaska.

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