Towards a sustainable USDA

Feb 14 2009 - 5:13pm

What are the prospects for sustainability within the Department of Agriculture under the Obama Administration?

Over the past months this question has been discussed with many...

A 50-Year Farm Bill for Sustainable Agriculture?

Jan 13 2009 - 6:01am

As we all look ahead to the shape of things to come in the new Obama Administration, two familiar voices together call for a long-range approach to the challenge of food production and consumption...

Half the world population threatened with food crisis by 2100

Jan 12 2009 - 4:57am

Because of impacts of global warming on agricultural productivity, there is high probability that by the end of the century half the world's population will face serious food shortages,...

The question of the sustainability in the food system rises in response to the cries of the hungry, the malnourished, as well as the overfed, the cases of cancer, heart disease and other illnesses rooted in unhealthy eating practices and products.

Food safety, availability, affordability of healthy and nutritious food is increasingly a problem in the US, despite its affluence. In turn, less affluent countries are hit with a "silent tsunami" of increased food prices and hunger epidemics. Small farmers are pressured by the global market system to choose being profitability and social responsibility. How to move towards sustainable food systems, locally and globally?