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Sustainability Resources for Faculty and Students: Food


Open Education Resources (OERs) & Open Access (OA)

The Balancing Act—Nutrition and Sustainability: Understanding the Complexities, Challenges, and Opportunities (Wolters Kluwer Health) open access article in Nutrition Health Journal.

Climate change and COVID-19: reinforcing Indigenous food systems (Elsevier) open access article in The Lancet Planetary Health.

Environmental Nutrition: A New Frontier for Public Health (National Library of Medicine) open access article.

Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not (MERLOT) report created by Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the context of the Institution’s strategic themes of Energy, Environment, Education, Manufacturing and Transport, and its vision of ‘Improving the world through engineering’.

Sustainability Challenges of Phosphorus and Food: Solutions from Closing the Human Phosphorus Cycle (Oxford University Press) open access article in BioScience.

Sustainable Food Systems on Campus: Case Studies (MERLOT) collection of case studies published under Creative Commons license.

Toward Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (Oxford University Press) open access article in Current Developments in Nutrition.

Web Resources

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

Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition

The BCFN Foundation is privately held, apolitical and non-profit, multidisciplinary think tank working for food sustainability.

European Circular Bioeconomy Policy Initiative 

Links to reports, research, policy papers and newsletters compiled by ECBPI that are focused on key issues in developing a circular bioeconomy.

FishWatch (NOAA)

FishWatch is designed to help you make informed decisions about the seafood you eat. It can also help you understand the management and science requirements involved with building and maintaining sustainable fisheries. NOAA Fisheries Service is the U.S. authority on marine fisheries science, conservation, and management.

Food Sustainability Index

The Food Sustainability Index (FSI) ranks 67 countries on food system sustainability. It is a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model constructed from 38 indicators and 90 individual metrics that measure the sustainability of food systems across three categories: Food Loss and Waste, Sustainable Agriculture and Nutritional Challenges

Local Harvest

LocalHarvest maintains a definitive and reliable "living" public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. 

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

Seafood Watch (Monterey Bay Aquarium)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans.

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 Food and Agriculture, from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Resources regarding the work being carried out by the EPA regarding food loss and waste reduction efforts.

Sustainable Management of Food, from the Environmental Protection Agency

FAO’s resources on sustainable food and agriculture.

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

Waste : uncovering the global food scandal (TED) talk by Tristram Stuart. 

World Watch Institute

The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.