History of Organic Agriculture

Trace the origins of the organic agriculture movement through historic publications and reports, oral histories, video archives, USDA legislation and regulations, and other published resources.

Tracing the Evolution of Organic / Sustainable Agriculture

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Discover the philosophical and scientific roots of sustainable, regenerative agriculture through readings dating from the 1500s.

Organic Roots

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Search Organic Roots, an electronic collection of historic USDA publications related to organic agriculture. Contains almost 800 documents published before 1942 (before synthetic chemicals became widely used) that contain data that are still very pertinent for today's agriculture.

Roger Blobaum: The Organic Movement Past and Present

Roger Blobaum.

Includes "A Forty Year Collection of Organic History Documents," information about the Wisconsin's Historical Society Organic History Collection, and a link to "Cultivating a Movement: An Oral History Series on Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming on California's Central Coast."

A Brief Overview of the History and Philosophy of Organic Agriculture. - pdf (605 KB)

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Reports on the origins of the organic agriculture movement, legislative developments and current regulations, and organic farming and foods.

Organic Farming and Marketing: Publications from the United States Department of Agriculture, 1977-2006

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

A bibliography of selected resources about organic production, food and marketing published by USDA primary agencies. Includes Web links, when available, to full-text publications.

1980 Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming

United States Department of Agriculture.

The "1980 Report and Recommendations on Organic Farming" summarizes findings of a comprehensive study and assessment of organic farming in the United States and Europe.