Loyola is developing a food policy program

Chasity Pugh

Loyola may be receiving a new program rooted in the Jesuit values of sustainability and justice while teaching students about food policy.

The new interdisciplinary Food Policy, Commerce and Culture program is looking to launch in the fall of 2017, and the major will be built over the next two years. The fall 2016 First-Year Experience theme will be Food Justice and there will be a host of seminars, films, readings and events organized around this topic.

Justin Nystrom, assistant director of History, is one of the committee members working on shaping the program. He said that while there are a number of “food studies” type programs around the nation that vary from institution to institution, most of them have a focus on either culture, nutritional science or culinary applications.

“It is important to the committee that is working on developing this program that the resulting product match up well with both the needs of Loyola’s students and the university’s Ignatian values while at the same time preparing our graduates to participate in a growing field,” Nystrom said.