Agriculture

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"Agriculture is not just about putting things in the ground and then harvesting them…
it is increasingly about the social and environmental variables that will in large part
determine the future capacity of agriculture to provide for eight or nine billion people
in a manner that is sustainable"
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP Intergovernmental Plenary Opening Address:
April 7, 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa
 
 Antibiotics:
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists- Information on the wise use of Antibiotics.
ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists- Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.  Within two years of enactment, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act would phase out the feeding to food animals, massive quantities of antibiotics important in human medicine.
 
 Associations/Organizations: see sustainable Agriculture below.as well...
www.usda.gov
U.S. Department of Agriculture's gateway portal.
www.fao.org
United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.
www.agronomy.org
American Society of Agronomy. Society members are dedicated to the conservation and wise use of natural resources to produce food, feed, and fiber crops while maintaining and improving the environment.
www.attra.org
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas is a nonprofit which provides technical assistance and info to farmers, extension agents, market gardeners, agricultural researchers, etc. ***
www.farmland.org
American Farmland Trust is committed to protecting the nation's best farm and ranch land and improving the economic viability of agriculture. During the past 28 years, AFT helped to stimulate the creation of 27 state-level farmland protection programs, as well as countless local ordinances and programs that give landowners the tools they need to keep their land in farming.
afsic.nal.usda.gov
The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of USDA's effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide.
www.nffc.net
National Family Farm Coalition unites and strengthens the voices and actions of its diverse grassroots members to demand viable livelihoods for family farmers, safe and healthy food for everyone, and economically and environmentally sound rural communities. News.
www.crops.org
Crop Science Society of America. Society members are dedicated to the conservation and wise use of natural resources to produce food, feed, and fiber crops while maintaining and improving the environment.  
www.youngfarmers.org
The National Young Farmers’ Coalition --  an institution that represents young farmers interests and helps young farmers succeed. NYFC is fiscally sponsored by the Open Space Institute, Inc., as part of their Citizen Action Program.
thegreenhorns.net
The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America. A rotating team of soil enthusiasts, filmmakers, tech ninjas, artists, graphic designers, cartographer...Guidebook written by young farmers, for young farmers, blog, newsletter and more...
Climate Change: -- see Reports below...
   
"Four companies now slaughter 80% of the beef in this country,
and since half of the corn grown in the U.S. is used for animal feed, these four industrial factory farms saved nearly $35 billion due to subsidized cheap corn between 1997 and 2005."
www.nffc.net/Learn/Fact%20Sheets/King%20Corn%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
 
 Companies of Interest:
www.valcent.net
Valcent Products Inc., High Density Vertical Growth system grows plants in closely spaced pockets on clear, vertical panels that are moving on an overhead conveyor system. The system is designed to provide maximum sunlight and precisely correct nutrients to each plant. Ultraviolet light and filter systems exclude the need for herbicides and pesticides. Sophisticated control systems gain optimum growth performance through the correct misting of nutrients, the accurate balancing of PH and the delivery of the correct amount of heat, light and water.*** See video on website.
   

'Nearly 96% of the commercial vegetable varieties that were available in 1903 are extinct.'

cbc.amnh.org/living/Food/index.html

 
 Community Gardens: (Double Indexed- also on Food Page)
fnic.nal.usda.gov
US Dept of Agriculture's Community Food Page.
www.cityfarmer.info
City Farmer teaches people how to grow food in the city, compost their waste and take care of their home landscape in an environmentally responsible way. City Farmer’s Urban Agriculture Notes have hundreds of pages of information about city farming. Good search engine.
www.communitygarden.org
American Community Gardening Association is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. With Info on starting or joining a community garden. Join Listserv to ask questions.
www.ourwaterourworld.org
Our Water Our World resources to assist in managing home and garden pests in a way that helps protect Our WaterOur World. Fun site, safe alternatives.
   
5 companies control 75% of the global grain trade.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4RCyxgz97g
 
 Community Supported Agriculture: (Double Indexed- see Food page as well)
www.nal.usda.gov
USDA- Community Supported Agriculture page of the USDA.
www.csacenter.org
Robyn Van En Community Supported Agriculture Center at the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, Wilson College provides a national resource center about Community Supported Agriculture for people around the world.  The Robyn Van En Center also offers outreach and works to gain publicity about CSA farms in order to benefit community farmers and consumers everywhere.  Directory.
www.nal.usda.gov
USDA- The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, National Agricultural Library and U.S. Department of Agriculture- Publications Page/Resources for Farmers- Selected Books, Reports, Articles, Research Projects, Periodicals and Videos Focusing on the Business of CSA Farming.
 
 Community Supported Agriculture- Find a CSA Farm near you:
www.localharvest.org
Local Harvest. Search by zip. A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall. The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to over 2000.
newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org
Rodale Institute. Farm Locator. Search CSAs under market type.
www.eatwellguide.org
Eat Well Guide. Search CSA under keyword.
www.biodynamics.com
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association. Lists CSAs by State.
   
"Desertification claims a Nebraska-sized area of productive capacity each year globally."
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/oct/21/network
 
 Composting:
www.epa.gov
EPA's  Basic Information on Composting.
 
 Conservation:
www.nrcs.usda.gov
USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service's The Environmental Quality Incentives Program was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.
www.nrcs.usda.gov
USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service's Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian land.
www.glynwood.org
"Land Trusts and Agricultural Land: Protecting Farmland or Farming?"  This Glynwood Center report explores some of the innovative approaches to farmland protection employed by leading land trusts from across the country. Its aim is to help land trusts develop farmland conservation programs that are appropriate to their own regions and circumstances and to encourage the evolution of best practices within the land trust community. PDF.
   
Foods indigenous to South America: corn, potatoes, tomatoes, pineapples, cashews,
avocados, strawberries, peanuts, cassava, chocolate and vanilla.
 
 Databases:
www.fao.org
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
FAOSTAT provides time-series and cross sectional  data relating to food and agriculture for some 200 countries.  
plants.usda.gov
USDA PlantsDatabase provides standardized information about the plants of the U.S. and its territories, including names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, threatened and endangered, 30,000 images, crop information, Web links, and references.'
www.usda.gov
USDA's Agriculture Fact Book 2001-2002. Profiling Food Consumption in America, farm info, etc...
www.nal.usda.gov
USDA's National Agricultural Library.  Search the NAL Catalog, Request Library Materials, Search for Rare Books
and Manuscripts.     
agricola.nal.usda.gov
AGRICOLA (AGRICultural Online Access) is a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and its cooperators. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines.
www.eol.org
Encyclopedia of Life.
agclass.nal.usda.gov
Agriculture Thesaurus and Glossary, online vocabulary tools of agricultural terms in English and Spanish, cooperatively produced by the National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture'
www.ars-grin.gov
USDA Agricultural Research Service. Plant Taxonomic Information of the National Germplasm Information Network (GRIN): All families and genera of vascular plants and over 40,000 species from throughout the world are represented, especially economic plants and their relatives. Information on scientific and common names, classification, distribution, references, and economic impacts are provided.
afsic.nal.usda.gov
USDA's Alternative Crops and Plants Portal.
Organic Christmas Tree Farms, Fruit and Vegetable Market News: Ornamentals,  Floriculture Information, market and Commodity Info, etc...
sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu
Assessments of Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change in Multiple Regions and Sectors. Data, Methods & Synthesis Activity.  This website facilitates access to extensive data, software and bibliographic resources related to climate impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability across multiple sectors. Columbia University.
Developing World:
news.bbc.co.uk
Calling for an 'old-fashioned' Green Revolution. Using "good old-fashioned" farming techniques will help deliver a sustainable green revolution in Africa, says Tensie Whelan. In this week's Green Room, she warns that failure to protect biodiversity, water supplies and forests could spell disaster for the continent. BBC July 2010.
freerice.com
FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Program. Our partner is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The site challenges you with word quizzes and pledges to donate 10 grains of rice to the U.N. World Food Programme for each definition you get right. Get smarter while doing good.
www.beeswithoutborders.org
Bees Without Borders Educates and trains impoverished individuals and communities
in beekeeping skills and the value of beekeeping for poverty alleviation. Bees Without Borders is the brainchild of Andrew Coté, former high school dropout and vagabond turned Fulbright Scholar and professor. He was born into a beekeeping family in Connecticut and is (at least) the 4th generation to carry on this ancient art.
 
 Education:
riley.nal.usda.gov
US Department of Agriculture's collection of materials for teachers, parents and students on agriculture, health, nutrition, and science.
www.sare.org
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Sustainable Agriculture Resources and Programs for K-12 Youth. Sustainable agriculture-oriented educational opportunities for schoolchildren featuring more than 50 programs and curricula nationwide.
www.lifelab.org
Life Lab Science Program is nationally acknowledged as an expert leader in the development and dissemination of garden-centered educational programs.
 
 Fair Trade:
www.fairtradefederation.com
Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade.
 
 Family Farms:
www.caff.org
Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice. Publications and info.
www.nffc.net
National Family Farm Coalition is a non-profit organization that serves as a national link for grassroots organizations working on family farm issues. Nation-wide campaigns.
www.findthefarmer.com
Find the Farmer! Stone-Buhr has created an easy-to-use website to locate the family farms that grew the grain that was milled to create your flour. Simply type in your product's lot code, and they'll introduce you to the local growers responsible for the final product you hold in your hands. Only in NorthWest- but a good idea!
 
 Farm to Table:               For farm to school lunch programs- see Children's page...
attra.ncat.org
ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service "Bringing Local Food to Local Institutions: A Resource Guide for Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Institution Programs"
www.farmtocollege.org
Farm-to-College programs connect colleges and universities with producers in their area to provide local farm products for meals and special events on campus. The Community Food Security Coalition works to help farmers, food service personnel, students, faculty and others to establish and maintain farm-to-college programs.
 
 Farmer's Markets:
www.ams.usda.gov
USDA Farmers Market Home Page. Search, Facts, New
Developments and Trends, Growth, etc.
apps.ams.usda.gov
USDA Farmer's Market Search Page. Find a Farmers Market in
Your State.
Farm Subsidies:
farm.ewg.org
Environmental Working Group. State, Congressional District & County Farm Subsidy Data.
 
 Genetically Modified Crops:
www.pewtrusts.org
Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology project served as a respected information source on agricultural biotechnology and related policy issues for legislators, educators, the public and the media in the United States and globally. Although the project concluded its work in 2007, its resource materials remain available here.
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists.  Impacts of Genetic Engineering information and analysis.
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists.   "Failure to Yield Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops" Despite 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization, genetic engineering has failed to significantly increase U.S. crop yields. March 2009.
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists. UCS report finds that genetic engineering has yet to prove that it can reduce nitrogen pollution from farming.
www.etcgroup.org
ETC Group address the socioeconomic and ecological issues surrounding new technologies that could have an impact on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. We investigate ecological erosion (including the erosion of cultures and human rights); the development of new technologies (especially agricultural but also new technologies that work with genomics and matter); and we monitor global governance issues including corporate concentration and trade in technologies. ETC is concerned about the loss of genetic diversity - especially in agriculture - and about the impact of intellectual property on agriculture and world food security.
www.i-sis.org.uk
Institute of Science in Society is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing critical and accessible scientific information to the public and to promoting social accountability and ecological sustainability in science.
www.geaction.org
Genetic Engineering Action Network seeks to support and further the work of those organizations and individuals working to address the risks to the environment, biodiversity and human health, as well as the socioeconomic and ethical consequences of genetic engineering.
www.grain.org
GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge. Based in Spain.
www.biolsci.org
A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences states "that GMO are neither sufficiently healthy nor proper to be commercialized." The study found that rats that were fed three Monsanto GM corn varieties of Monsanto's GM corn experienced kidney, liver and other organ damage.
  
Industrial Agriculture:
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists. Hidden Costs of Industrial Agriculture. Damage to Natural Systems, Economic Costs, Agriculture at a Crossroads.
   
 
 Livestock:
www.eatwild.com
Eatwild grass-fed livestock site provides: Comprehensive information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture. A direct link to local farms that sell all-natural, grass-fed products. A marketplace for farmers who raise their livestock on pasture from birth to market and who actively promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land.
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists. Smart Pasture Operation- or SPOs. These operations take advantage of the contemporary science of farming, as well as efficiencies of scale, while avoiding the unnecessary damage from the industrial approach.
www.agriculture.purdue.edu
Purdue Animal Manure Solutions, provides links to Purdue University animal waste resources. The site has an extensive publications listing, updates on how regulations affect animal waste management and air quality issues, the latest application and utilization knowledge, recent research on feed rations, as well as storage and treatment options.
www.consumersunion.org
Consumers Union and Food & Water Watch say new USDA standard for naturally-raised meat sanctions allows unnatural practices. January 16, 2009.
 
 Monsanto:  See food page... as well...
www.centerforfoodsafety.org
The Center for Food Safety. Monsanto vs. U.S. Farmers Report 2005 report documents Monsanto's lawsuits against American farmers, revealing thousands of investigations, nearly 100 lawsuits and numerous bankruptcies.
www.etcgroup.org
ETC Group "Patenting the "Climate Genes" ...and Capturing the Climate Agenda"  The world’s largest seed and agrochemical corporations are stockpiling hundreds of monopoly patents on genes in plants that the companies will market as crops genetically engineered to withstand environmental stresses such as drought, heat, cold, floods, saline soils, and more...
 
 News Articles:
www.nytimes.com
"Change We Can Stomach" By Dan Barber, NY Times article on small scale farming. Published: May 11, 2008.
www.theecologist.org
Bananas... "What could be more cheerful than this ubiquitous breakfast fruit? But if you’re not buying them Fairtrade and organic, argues Ed Hamer, then you’re buying into a modern agricultural scandal'' Ecologist Magazine.
 
 News Sites/Blogs:
www.sciencedaily.com
ScienceDaily- top science news stories from the world’s leading universities and research organizations. Agriculture and Food news.
www.eurekalert.org
EurekAlert! is an online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society. EurekAlert! provides a central place through which universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can bring their news to the media. Agricultural News.
www.growingformarket.com
Growing for Market covers farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture, the local food movement, organic growing, cut flowers, and much more.
www.mulchblog.com
Mulch. Comments on agriculture, farm policy, and food safety.
www.progressivefarmer.com
Progressive Farmer Magazine.
www.medicalnewstoday.com
Medical News Today. Water - Air Quality / Agriculture News.
www.onthefarmradio.com
On the Farm Radio brings research-based information from Virginia Cooperative Extension to 2.5 million radio listeners. News, calender, jokes, info.
 
 Organic page...
 
 Pollution:
www.whoi.edu
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Agricultural Pollution Page.
   
Andean natives were cultivating three thousand potato varieties before the Spanish arrived.
www.accessexcellence.RC/Ethnobotany/page5.php
 
 Reports-International:
www.srfood.org
Agro-ecology and the Right to Food” Eco-Farming - Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, the new UN report shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest. The report also points out that projects in Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh recorded up to 92 % reduction in insecticide use for rice, leading to important savings for poor farmers. “Knowledge came to replace pesticides and fertilizers. Olivier de Schutter, the United Nations rapporteur on the Right to Food. Dec 2010.
www.agassessment.org
International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, Report on the state of global agriculture for UNESCO. The report considers such major issues as biofuels, GM crops, use of traditional know-how, impact of climate change, and underlines the pressing need to change the rules of modern agriculture.
miranda.sourceoecd.org
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development.   Agriculture & Food. Publications Page.
ciesin.columbia.edu
Columbia University. Center for International Earth Science Information Network list of reports on the Impacts of Global Climate Change on Agriculture.
www.leopold.iastate.edu
"Benefits of Silvopasture" (the integration of trees, forage, and livestock). Report. Leopold Center.
sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu
"Potential Impacts of Climate Change on World Food Supply; Data Sets from a Major Crop Modeling. Study by Cynthia Rosenzweig and Ana Iglesias. Columbia University. Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center.
www.iied.org
International Institute for Environment and Development.   Sustainable Agriculture Reports Page.
www.rimisp.org
Agriculture for Development” Agroecological Approaches to Agricultural Development. This document is part of a series of contributions by Rimisp- Latin American Center for Rural Development to the preparation of the World Development Report 2008 “Agriculture for Development”. Nov 2006.
www.greenpeace.org
''Cool farming: Climate impacts of agriculture and mitigation potential'' GreenPeace. Jan 2008. PDF.
orgprints.org
Quality Low Input Food.  "Agronomy as a manipulative tool"   Presentation at COST 926 Conference; EUROPEAN WORKSHOP on Improving the health value of plant foods - phytochemical optimisation, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherland, October 2005.
energy.massey.ac.nz
"Global Gardening with a Leaky Bucket: Addressing climatic catastrophe through Article 3.3 of the UNFCCC."  Peter Read. Dec 2008. Proposes an additional architecture to address the threat of climatic catastrophe posed by possible instability of ice masses resting on Greenland. Returning carbon to the soil. PDF.
 
 Reports-U.S.
www.climatescience.gov
US Climate Change Science Program US Global Change Research Program  Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 The effects of climate change on agriculture, land resources, water resources, and biodiversity in the US.
www.leopold.iastate.edu
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture- "Calculating food miles for a multiple ingredient food product".
www.leopold.iastate.edu
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture research, demonstrations, studies and survey that have been supported since 2000 by the Leopold Center's Marketing and Food Systems Initiative and the Regional Food Systems Working Group of the Value Chain Partnerships project coordinated by the Leopold Center. Many very interesting reports/info. ***
www.ars.usda.gov
USDA Mixing sylvan and grazing pasture in Appalachia.
www.usda.gov
"The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States" U.S. Climate Change Science Program. May 2008. PDF.
www.nap.edu
"Biological Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms", assesses the readiness and effectiveness of biological methods to contain transgenic organisms, including crop plants, grasses, trees, fish, shellfish, and other organisms. U.S. National Academies 2004.
www.sustainableproduction.org
Agriculture and Cancer: A Need for Action.  Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Prepared by the Lowell Center for testimony to the President's Cancer Panel about the state of the evidence on chemicals linked to cancer. 2009. PDF ***
   
The tomato is indigenous to South America and did not arrive into Italy until 1550.
 
 Research:
www.usawaterquality.org
USDA and Land Grant's National Water Program- index of Internet resources that consist of national-scale programs pertinent to the CSREES/USDA National Integrated Water Quality Program. Many agriculture links.
www.csrees.usda.gov
USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service partners with universities and other public and private organizations to advance research, extension, and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental, social, and human sciences.
www.ifpri.org
International Food Policy Research Institute seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations.
www.cgiar.org
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research   (CGIAR) Mission is to achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research and research-related activities in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, policy, and environment.
www.egfar.org
Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) is an innovative attempt to work towards a global system of agricultural research for development- a multi-stakeholder initiative that contributes to eradicating poverty, achieving food security, and conserving and managing natural resources. Based in Rome.
www.ars.usda.gov
Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center headquarters of The Agricultural Research Service- the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency. ''The Worlds Largest Most Diversified Agricultural Research Complex"
www.sare.org
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program.
www.rodaleinstitute.org
Rodale Institute- Farmer to Farmer Know-How. New Farm has inspired and informed farmers worldwide for more than 29 years – first in print and now online.
www.sustainableproduction.org
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production an internationally recognized resource in developing and piloting the concepts of sustainable production and consumption.
 
 Research in other countries:
www.niaes.affrc.go.jp
National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences' objectives are: Assessing risk in agricultural environments and developing risk management technologies, Elucidating the structure of agricultural ecosystems in order to develop technologies to manage natural cycles and Basic research to help elucidate the functions of agricultural ecosystems.  Japan.
 
 Safety:
www.nsc.org
National Safety Council.  Agricultural Safety Portal. Many Links.
 
 Soil page...
 
 Sustainable Agriculture:
www.usda.gov
U.S. Department of Agriculture's gateway portal.
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens promoting sustainable agriculture practices.Their goal is to promote such practices while eliminating harmful CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) and strengthening government oversight of genetically engineered food.
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists. Sustainable Agriculture FAQ.
afsic.nal.usda.gov
USDA's Alternative Farming Systems Information Center specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices.
afsic.nal.usda.gov
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of USDA's effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide.
www.sustainableagriculture.net
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture is a nationwide partnership of individuals and organizations cultivating grass roots efforts to engage in policy development processes that result in food and agricultural systems and rural communities that are healthy, environmentally sound, profitable, humane and just.'
www.attra.org
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas -nonprofit. Sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events and funding opportunities, plus publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable ag activities.
www.rodaleinstitute.org
Rodale Institute- Farmer to Farmer Know-How. New Farm has inspired and informed farmers worldwide for more than 29 years.Farmer-to-farmer resources, articles and personal stories that explain how to make regenerative farming profitable and build supportive communities.
www.sustainable.org
Sustainable Communities Network's Resource list of organizations promoting whole systems approaches to sustainable agriculture.
www.sare.org
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program.
www.wilson.edu
Robyn Van En Center provides a national resource center about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for people across the nation and around the world.  The Robyn Van En Center also offers outreach and works to gain publicity about CSA farms in order to benefit community farmers and consumers everywhere.
www.ibiblio.org
Market-Farming and Eco Land Tech's archives of sustainable agriculture information, discussion forums and collections of links. Lots of links.
www.eco-farm.org
Ecological Farming Association is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the development of ecologically-based food systems, both domestically and throughout the world by educating farmers, the agriculture industry, and other stewards of the land about practical and economically viable techniques of ecological agriculture
www.eatwellguide.org
Eat Well Guide lists sustainable farmers, restaurants, and stores in the United States.
www.grain.org
GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge.
www.leopold.iastate.edu
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture explores and cultivates alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes in Iowa and the nation. Part of Iowa State University Extension.
www.landinstitute.org
Land Institute is a non-profit research and education organization whose strategy now is to collaborate with public institutions in order to direct more research in the direction of
Natural Systems Agriculture. Their Mission Statement:
When people, land, and community are as one, all three members prosper; when they relate not as members but as competing interests, all three are exploited.
By consulting Nature as the source and measure of that membership, The Land Institute seeks to develop an agriculture that will save soil from being lost or poisoned while promoting a community life at onceprosperous and enduring. Based in Kansas.
www.safsf.org
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders is a project of Community Partners. Formed in 1991, SAFSF is a national working group of grant-makers that seeks to promote a more sustainable agriculture and food system.
www.sagecenter.org
SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education) develops projects to support sustainable regional food and agriculture while meeting the equally urgent need for equitable, sustainable urban development. SAGE has developed an holistic approach to establishing multifunctional agriculture at the metropolitan edge, and fostering linkages between rural farmers and urban city dwellers.
www.sustainableproduction.org
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production an internationally recognized resource in developing and piloting the concepts of sustainable production and consumption.
www.sarep.ucdavis.edu
University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. SAREP serves farmers, farmworkers, ranchers, researchers, educators, regulators, policy makers, industry professionals, consumers, and community organizations across the state. California only.
csanr.wsu.edu
Climate Friendly Farming. Washington State University helping farmers develop and implement agricultural systems and practices that mitigate global climate change.  
thegreenhorns.net
The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America. A rotating team of soil enthusiasts, filmmakers, tech ninjas, artists, graphic designers, cartographer...Guidebook written by young farmers, for young farmers, blog, newsletter and more...
 
Sustainable Agriculture Reports:   See Reports section above as well
www.srfood.org
Agro-ecology and the Right to Food” Eco-Farming - Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions by using ecological methods, the new UN report shows. Based on an extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food production and improve the situation of the poorest. The report also points out that projects in Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh recorded up to 92 % reduction in insecticide use for rice, leading to important savings for poor farmers. “Knowledge came to replace pesticides and fertilizers. Olivier de Schutter, the United Nations rapporteur on the Right to Food. Dec 2010.
 
 Urban Agriculture:
nysunworks.org
NY Sun Works. Info on Building Integrated Agriculture, Controlled Environment Agriculture, Benefits of Building Integration.
www.brightfarmsystems.com
BrightFarm Systems is a commercial design consultancy providing technical services and custom designed products in support of rooftop greenhouses and building integrated agriculture in both educational and commercial settings worldwide. Partner of NY Sun Works, above.
www.verticalfarm.com
Vertical Farm Project. Dr. Dickson Despommier's progressive urban agriculture site.  Interesting designs posted on site.
www.cityfarmer.org
Urban Agriculture Notes (www.cityfarmer.org) has hundreds of pages of information about city farming. Begun in 1994, it was the first web site on the Internet to publish information about urban farming.
www.cityfarmer.info
City Farmer teaches people how to grow food in the city, compost their waste and take care of their home landscape in an environmentally responsible way. A collection of stories about their work at City Farmer in Vancouver, Canada, and about urban farmers from around the world.
www.ruaf.org
RUAF Foundation is an international network of seven regional resource centres and one global resource centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security. In 1996 the international Support Group on Urban Agriculture (SGUA) took the initiative to set up a Resource Centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF), in response to the expressed need of organisations and local governments for effective mechanisms for the documentation and exchange of research data and practical experiences on urban agriculture. In the following years RUAF gradually evolved into an international network of regional resource centres providing training, technical support and policy advice to local and national governments, producer organizations, NGO’s and other local stakeholders. South America, Africa, Asia and Middle east.

 

 
 
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