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.

FoodShare.

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

United States Department of Agriculture.

A USDA initiative to promote sustainable local and regional food systems that will support small and mid-sized farms and ranches, strengthen rural communities, promote healthy eating, and protect our natural resources.

WhyHunger.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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

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