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Food Lab Puts Students in the Center of National Efforts to Strengthen Local Food Systems

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The Food Lab is a student- and faculty-run university facility that focuses on increasing food accessibility in struggling communities. By examining urban planning techniques, the staff members are working toward improving the health and sustainability of the Buffalo region and beyond.

Published February 3, 2014

Read more about the groundbreaking research being conducted by the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab in The Spectrum, UB's independent student newspaper. Student researchers and staff members in the Food Lab reflect on their collaborative work with community partners in Buffalo and across the U.S. as they develop hands on planning and policy tools in support of healthy, accessible and sustainable local and regional food systems.

The Food Lab, directed by Associate Professor Samina Raja, is one of several research specializations open to students pursuing graduate degrees in urban and regional planning. The School of Architecture and Planning offers both a Master of Urban Planning and the PhD in urban and regional planning, the only such program in the SUNY system.