The USDA provides a variety of funding for small farmers that often encompasses urban agriculture. Access the Agricultural Funding Resources page to review programs and options. Many states and local governments also offer funding programs. Access each state’s department of agriculture at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s state directory.
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Yes. Urban agriculture is loosely defined as the production, distribution, and marketing of food and other products within the geographical limits of a metropolitan area. This includes community and school gardens, backyard and rooftop plots, and non-traditional methods of caring for plants and animals within a constrained area. Some definitions also include farms that supply to urban farmers markets, community supported agriculture, or farms located within metropolitan green belts. Zoning is a critical issue in urban agriculture.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) develops and provides labeling guidance, policies, and inspection methods and administers programs to protect consumers from misbranded and economically adulterated meat, poultry, and egg products. These measures ensure that labels are not misleading and truthful. The FSIS Labeling/Label Approval website provides information on label submission, ingredient guidance, and non-food compounds.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act requires that food labels identify in plain English if the product contains any of the eight major food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soybeans.
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) develops and enforces uniform national standards for organically-produced agricultural products sold in the United States. NOP works to benefit consumers, organic farmers, and processors by taking action against those who violate the law and jeopardize consumer confidence in organic products.
On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. Find out more about food labels here
Hindrances could include the following: some teachers are resistant to change, alternatives require the investment of time and money, information is not widely disseminated, and the quality of available material varies. Also, when integrating new models into an existing curriculum, dealing with students who feel cheated at losing contact with animals can become an issue as well.
In the past it was believed that, because the 3Rs originated in the use of laboratory animals for research and testing and not in knowledge and skills acquisition, that they were not appropriate for veterinary medical education. However, over time the 3Rs—Reduction, Refinement, and Replacement—have been widely accepted in many different areas and have proven applicable to include veterinary medicine as well.
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in online global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of the United States Department of Agriculture, the FNIC website contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information.
The Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 (Farm Bill) established the Food and Nutrition Information and Education Resources Center (later known as the Food and Nutrition Information Center, or FNIC) as a permanent entity within NAL. (see p.26 of PDF).
FNIC strives to serve the professional community (including educators, health professionals and researchers) by providing access to a wide range of trustworthy food and nutrition resources from both government and non-government sources. The FNIC website provides information about food and human nutrition. The materials found on this website are not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed health professional.
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The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this website (or in website pages) is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by USDA or the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable. Likewise, some databases available on the FNIC website include resources from "non-government entities." Inclusion of these materials in a database does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by FNIC or the U.S. Government.
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