These visual can aid Dietitian-Nutritionists (D-Ns) in communicating Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) to their target audience.

The Edible Cities Network

The Edible Cities Network is an EU-funded project exploring how urban food innovations can make cities around the world greener, more inclusive and more environmentally resilient.

Source: The Edible Cities Network Facebook page

Food Fairness Illawarra (FFI)

Food Fairness Illawarra (FFI) is a community coalition that has worked together since 2005 to make healthy and sustainable food affordable and accessible for all. 

FFI is guided by representatives from six key organisations: Healthy Cities Illawarra, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council and the University of Wollongong).

FFI has a wider network of over 1000 individuals, community groups, charities and non-government organisations, who recognise the need for collaboration between community, industry, and governments to unlock fairer food solutions. 

Nourish’s SFS Teaching Tools (2022)

This Nourish Food System map is one of many examples from the Nourish food + community website for you to use. There is a handbook that goes with this as well.

Note from SFS Toolkit Coordinator: We encourage you to consider waste and efficiency at every step of the system, not as one step, or ‘at the end’ as many of the diagrams often show.

Nourish is an educational initiative by WorldLink designed to open a meaningful conversation about food, health, and sustainability. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and professional learning.

ShiftN Food Systems Map (2009)

The ShiftN site doesn’t have the link to these food systems maps any longer, and the link is broken to the original source. Here are some high-quality versions from the USA’s National Agriculture in the Classroom page.

To explore business and government approaches that have increased local food procurement (2022)

In May and June of 2022, Leah Galvin attended meetings and did site visits in the USA, Canada, England, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland where she was researching models and approaches that increase the procurement by public institutions of local, healthy and/ or sustainable food. This infographic provides a high-level summary of the Churchill Fellowship trip. Additional detail is provided in the summary report, case studies, video, and bibliography, which complement this document.

Governments have few sources of leverage over increasingly globalized food systems – but public procurement is one of them. When sourcing food for schools, hospitals and public administrations, Governments have a rare opportunity to support more nutritious diets and more sustainable food systems in one fell swoop,” – Olivier De Schutter United Nations Special Rapporteur On The Right To Food (2014)

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The UN SDGs “are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.”

Follow the link to each SDG to find out more about the goal, and access professional quality infographics about each. These are useful in communicating and educating about sustainability in a variety of roles. You can also use our SDG Briefs: Dietitian-Nutritionist Roles, which examine how each SDG Goal is relevant to the work of nutrition and dietetics professionals.


Statistica offers a wide range of infographics on many global topics, including food, food industry, diets, environmental issues and human health. Easily searchable (e.g., search “sustainable food”), and free. The site offers statistics, forecasts, reports and tools; you can select for only infographics if that is what you need. Information would be relevant to communicating and educating in a variety of contexts and roles.

The British Dietetic Association: One Blue Dot

These infographics are designed to provide easy to digest information on the purpose of a more plant-based diet, and sources of key nutrients that may be important.  From this website, click the “Infographics” heading, followed by the images or links you are interested in, and then download the graphics. Information would be relevant to a variety of contexts and roles, in particular nutrition care roles.

Global Nutrition Report Infographics

The Global Nutrition Report includes downloadable country-level profiles, and clear graphic images, for progress toward global nutrition targets. As such, they capture snapshots of the state of mal/nutrition by country where data exists. These can be helpful to demonstrate how changes in food systems impact nutritional health in various ways, and this varies regionally. These inforgraphics would be relevant to communication and education activities in a variety of roles and settings.

Canadian Nutrition Society

The Canadian Nutrition Society offers a wide range of free, downloadable infographics in both English and French that target key, evolving topics in nutrition. Some of these topics include COVID-19 and nutrition, gut health and the microbiome, nutrition and metabolic syndrome, and other important topics of nutrition. These infographics can be used in a wide variety of settings, roles and activities and are relevant at a communication and education level.

Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN)

The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), developed by Economist Impact with the support of the Fondazione Barilla, examines how food systems are performing across three pillars: food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture, and nutritional challenges. Its 38 indicators and 95 sub-indicators address societal, environmental and economic themes in 78 countries. The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) offers downloadable infographics about topics surrounding nutrition and the environment, the nutrition transition, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable agriculture, and more. These infographics include statistics and examples from a variety of countries that depict ways they have coped with various nutrition challenges such as food waste or the nutrition transition. These infographics can be helpful to understand and share the differing impact that nutrition has in a variety of countries around the world and how these impacts compare with one another at an individual, local, and national level.

Meet Green

The Meet Green website contains a wide variety of infographics that cover topics of both environmental and social sustainability. Topics such as making events sustainable in times of COVID-19, minimizing the amount of water usage for menus at events, fair trade campaigns and more, are all depicted through colourful, evidence-based and comprehensive infographics. These infographics are free to download and can be shared via the website link.

How Dietitians and Nutritionists in the Carribbean Contribute to Sustainable Food Systems

This infographic is based on a study conducted by Katherine Bowes, dietetic intern and Acadia University Alumni, who identified the ways that Dietitians and Nutritionists in the Caribbean contribute to sustainable food systems, their barriers in doing so, and ways to overcome the identified barriers.

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