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.

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.

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.

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Links to information and resources on hunger and food security by topic: General Information; Children and Hunger; Databases; Hunger Relief Organizations; Research and Reports, and Resources for Healthcare Professionals.

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)


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

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Bibliographic references to literature and studies that relate directly to food safety issues of food produced from organic agricultural and/or handling practices.