Good Food Advocates
Policy, Advocacy & Government Programs
Learn more: http://www.farmland.org
American Farmland Trust’s “No Farms, No Food” campaign presents information and actions to save farmland and educate communities. Their Action Center is another good starting block for citizens interested in advocating for preservation of farmland and improvement of food systems. In general, their website is rich with information about growing local, farmland protection, agriculture and the environment, federal farm policy and more.
Farm Aid seeks to grow the good food movement, help farmers thrive and take action to improve the national food system. The organization’s Action Center provides consumers with the tools to participate in this process.
Learn more: http://www.ifoam.org
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements covers policy, strategic relations partnerships, quality assurance, marketing, training and more. Their Growing Organic page is a collection of resources to inform and promote the development of sustainable and organic agriculture movements.
Learn more: http://www.farmtoschool.org/policies.php
The National Farm to School Network compiled this guide to governmental school nutrition programs, existing legislation, proposed bills, policy fact sheets and state initiatives.
Learn more: http://attra.ncat.org/guide/index.html
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities is an ATTRA guide intended for individuals and organizations looking to utilize federal programs to advance agricultural and forestry enterprises in the U.S.
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/action.cfm
The Organic Consumers Association’s Action Center provides resources to connect food advocates with campaigns in support of healthy and safe food.
This consumer’s guide to the National Organic Program from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service provides information on understanding and consuming organic foods as well as becoming involved with national organic regulations and policy.
Learn more: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/regulations.htm
The USDA Food & Nutrition Service program provides links to legislative and regulatory resources.
Consumer Information & Education
Learn more: http://www.foodroutes.org/learnmore.jsp
Food Routes has an extensive selection of reports, publications and news on issues surrounding food and farming.
Health Care Without Harm provides tools and resources for promoting health food systems. The site includes over 50 unique PDF guides that are available for free download, covering a variety of pertinent food topics and offering purchasing recommendations for consumers.
Learn more: http://www.humaneitarian.org
If you like to eat meat but care about the treatment of farm animals, Humaneitarian.org will inspire you to turn your back on factory farmed meat and give you the practical information you need to choose humanely raised meat -- to become a humaneitarian.
Learn more: http://michaelpollan.com/resources/
Author, journalist, activist and professor Michael Pollan organizes his food resources and FAQs into six categories: Sustainable Eating & Nutrition, Growing Food, Politics & Policy, Animal Welfare, Journalism & Writing and For Parents & Kids. This is a great introduction to many of the issues surrounding good food and sustainable agriculture.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s regional Seafood Watch pocket guides help consumers determine which seafood products are the most sustainable choices.
Learn more: http://www.nongmoproject.org
The Non-GMO Project disseminates information about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and educates consumers and retailers on ways to recognize GM foods in the marketplace.
Learn more: http://www.organicnation.tv/onlineresources/
Explore America’s sustainable food landscape with Organic Nation TV. This website has a blog, videos and photos from around the country, as well as a list of resources for more information about organic food.
Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste catalogs more than 200 U.S. foods that are sustainably produced in small quantities, culturally or historically linked to region or ethnicity, and are in danger of extinction. These food profiles are a tool for preserving the production of these foods and are available to consumers, teachers, chefs and farmers.
The Small Planet Institute’s Take a Bite out of Climate Change project lists numerous, informative resources that help explain the connection between agriculture and climate change.
Learn more: http://www.sare.org/publications/whatis.htm
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education produced a 12-page publication gathering a collection of sustainable agriculture’s best practices. The document also profiles eight producers, educators and researchers who have successfully applied these practices.