Food Security

Small grains in the palm of hands (Copyright IStock).The availability of an adequate, nutritious food supply worldwide is basic to sustaining future generations and to sustainable agriculture. We must work to understand the complex relationships among farming practices, policy, environment, diet and human health.

University of Essex (United Kingdom). Centre for Environment and Society.

International survey documents evidence that, with appropriate policy support, sustainable agricultural systems can be both economically, environmentally and socially viable, and contribute positively to local livelihoods in most countries. (2001)

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

National pesticide residue database that documents pesticide residues on agricultural commodities in the U.S. food supply, with an emphasis on those commodities highly consumed by infants and children.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Background information on the Food Quality Protection Act's (FQPA) provisions, discussion of some of the specific issues raised by the act, and links to the FQPA (Public Law 104-170 (1996)) and sources of related information.


Provides an introduction, program profiles, policy initiatives and ways to get involved with links to Web and print resources, related articles and connections to government programs. A glossary and frequently asked questions cover community supported agriculture, community gardens, farmers' markets, local and regional food systems, farm to cafeteria, community food assessment and food policy councils.

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Report explores the extent to which land quality and land degradation affect agricultural productivity, how farmers respond to land degradation and whether land degradation poses a threat to productivity growth and food security in developing regions and around the world.

Chefs Collaborative.

National network that promotes sustainable cuisine through local, seasonal and artisanal cooking. Provides tools for running economically healthy, sustainable food service businesses and making environmentally sound purchasing decisions. Site includes a state-by-state guide to members' establishments.


Canadian organization that focuses on food security and community food system advocacy and education.

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Bibliographic references (from 2000 to 2008) to literature and studies focusing on nutritional qualities of vegetables, fruits and meats produced in organic systems. Continues SRB 2000-03