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Organic, Sustainable, Urban and Alternative Farming Systems: Websites of interest

This is a general guide to finding information on agricultural and gardening systems that are considered organic, sustainable, or alternative, such as "green", no-till and agroecology.

Websites of interest

All About Organic Gardening - Collection of Resources
A commercial site, but the resources are informative.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) specializes 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.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice. The Agrarian Advocate is the flagship publication of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers. It provides timely reporting on the food and farming issues that are important to you. 

Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance. Their evaluations and 4,500 core titles are detailed in the seven volume series The Literature of the Agricultural Sciences, Wallace C. Olsen, series editor.

Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on organic production of agricultural products and indications referring thereto on agricultural products and foodstuffs

FAO Organic Agriculture Programme
The long-term objective of the FAO Organic Agriculture Programme is to enhance food security, rural development,sustainable livelihoods and environmental integrity by building capacities of member countries in organic production, processing, certification and marketing.  This Website offers information on organic agriculture available at FAO. It also functions as a "road map" whereby users are directed to other relevant websites.

Loepold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Organizations/institutes/networks and other resources that focus on organic agriculture

Organic World - Global organic farming statistics and news
This site provides key data and results of the global survey on organic agriculture of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, carried out in cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM and other partners. This website supports the global data collection on organic agriculture carried out by FiBL and IFOAM, the results of which are annually published in the yearbook The World of Organic Agriculture. The site contains data tables on organic agriculture worldwide and informs about data revisions and corrigenda  if needed. Furthermore if offers additional material like news and links related to global developments in organic farming.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Sustainable Farming Connection

Sustainability in Agriculture
Sustainable food systems integrate many disciplines, goals and agricultural practices. Find guides and links to sustainable agriculture information related to: Definitions and History, Environmental Laws and Policy, Economic and Social Issues, and Food Choices and Food Security. this site is part of the USDA Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC).

USDA - Organic Production
Organic production is a system that integrates "cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity." (Source: NOP) Find subject guides and links related to:

Crops and Gardening
Standards and Certification
USDA Programs

Digital Repositories

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