Sustainability in Agriculture

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Sustainable food systems integrate many disciplines, goals and agricultural practices. Find guides and links to sustainable agriculture information related to:

Sustainable Agriculture: Information Access Tools

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Identifies the best sources to research this multi-faceted topic:

  • What is Sustainable Agriculture?
  • What standards are available for sustainable agriculture?
  • Where are the best sustainable agriculture research and information sources?
  • How can I find sustainable agriculture people and organizations?
  • Where can I explore educational and career opportunities?
  • Who will fund my sustainable agriculture research project?
  • Where can I find sustainable agriculture events and calendars?

Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

A directory of U.S. institutions and organizations that offer undergraduate and graduate programs, research opportunities, or training in organic, alternative, or sustainable agriculture. Identifies student farms and research and demonstration farms.

Sustainable Agriculture: Automated Database Searches

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Conduct automated, real-time, searches to locate current resources on this topic. When you select one of the automated search strategies listed, your browser will access the designated Web site or database, perform a search of that site using selected subject terms and display the search results.

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Find out about sustainable agriculture through snapshots of producers who apply sustainable principles on their farms and ranches.

Sustainable Agriculture: An Introduction

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Describes the concept of sustainability and its application to farming, with suggestions for improving sustainability in various aspects of farming. Includes reading list and Web links.

Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators

USDA. Economic Research Service.

This report examines the complex connections among farming practices, conservation and the environment - issues that are increasingly important components in U.S. agriculture and farm policy.

Global Climate Change

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Research on how changes in global climate may affect both U.S. and world agricultural production and on those agricultural practices - such as conservation tillage or winter cover crops - that can mitigate climate change by reducing emissions or increasing carbon sequestration.

Agricultural Biodiversity in FAO

United Nations. Food and Agriculture Organization.

How does biodiversity benefit natural and agricultural ecosystems? Access reports, FAO documents, links, conventions and codes, contacts and more.