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Research Guide to Sustainability: Food & Agriculture

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching sustainability topics

Defining Sustainability

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. "

-United Nations, Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, 1987


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Library Resources

Truxal's Research Guide to Culinary Arts and Food Science is an excellent starting point for researching Sustainable Foods and Agriculture.  You'll find links to the library catalog and the best databases to use.  Below are additional resources for Sustainable Foods and Agriculture topics.


These websites provide information about sustainable food and/or agriculture:

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
Specializing in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of USDA's effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
The latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events, and funding opportunities

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
Helps advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program

Sustainable Table
Celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues, and works to build community through food

TED Talk

Dan Barber: A surprising parable of foie gras

At the Taste3 conference, chef Dan Barber tells the story of a small farm in Spain that has found a humane way to produce foie gras. Raising his geese in a natural environment, farmer Eduardo Sousa embodies the kind of food production Barber believes in (20:24). 

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