I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Community, Food and Agriculture (45% of my appointment).
My research focuses on the “
food system” (55% of my appointment). The food system involves all of the steps required to produce food and get it to our plates–from farming and processing to distribution and consumption.

My work is unified by three main questions, (1) what changes are occurring? (2) what are the impacts of these changes on communities? (3) what can communities do to respond positively to these changes?

These questions drive two main projects, (1) characterizing consolidation in food and beverage industries, and (2) bridging information gaps between producers and consumers through ecolabels.

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Recent Outreach Articles
  • Beer behemoths struggle to fend off craft brew craze. The Conversation. September 29, 2015.
  • Who owns organic brands? Maybe not who you think. Edible Wasatch, Issue 15 (Winter 2014), 49-51.

Recent Academic Publications

in press
See Outreach and CV (or Google Scholar; for additional publications.

Student Publications

Contact information

Philip H. Howard
Department of Community Sustainability
Michigan State University
Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson RD, Rm 316
East Lansing, MI  48824