Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds
S494.5.B563 C86 2008
Farmers have always saved their seeds for planting the next season. Now agribusinesses (like Monsanto), with their patented genetically modified seeds, are endangering the biodiversity of plant life and the livelihood of the farmer.
Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look At The Modern Poultry Industry
Before you eat your next egg or chicken leg, you should read this book. It could save your life! This book presents a chilling account of abuses of food standards by the poultry industry.
Edited By Sara J. Scherr, Jeffrey A. McNeely.
Farming with Nature is a unique collaboration among renowned agriculture and ecological scientists, leading field conservationists, and farm and community leaders. It offers the state of current knowledge of ecoagriculture.
Kimbrell, Andrew (Editor)
q S589.75.F38 2002
Essays by 40-plus environmental thinkers illustrate the current state of America's agricultural crisis, revealing industrial food production as fatal to consumers because of pesticides and new diseases, fatal to the landscape because of chemical runoff from factory farms, and fatal to rural communities being wiped out by corporate farms.
Edited By Eric T. Freyfogle.
Fiction and nonfiction writings gathered here reveal the resurgence of agrarian values and practices in rural areas, suburbs, and even cities. Many of the selections illustrate agrarianism in action, describing people restoring prairies, promoting community farms, and reshaping the built environment. Other selections critique contemporary American culture and its depletion of natural resources.
Eating Fossil Fuels: Oil, Food And The Coming Crisis In Agriculture
Without fossil fuels, artificial fertilizer, pesticides and energy to irrigate, the US can sustain only about two thirds of its present population. Independent journalist and geologist Pfeiffer analyzes the experiences of Cuba and North Korea with agriculture not based on hydrocarbon resources to come up with alternative scenarios for the U.S.
Feeding People Is Easy
S494.5.S86 T83 2007x
British biologist and versatile science writer Tudge feels that Western farming is efficient only in cash terms and the environmental costs of industrial farming have not been evaluated. Tudge emphasizes that our current agricultural policies must change.
(DVD) TP248.65.F66 F8826 2004x
Examines the growing prevalence of unlabeled genetically-modified foods and the complex web of market and political forces involved. Explores organic and sustainable agriculture as alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture.
Browse the Catalog
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Agricultural news site
American Farm Bureau Federation
The largest association of American farmers (5 million families) organized into 2,800-plus county Farm Bureaus that are then organized into state Farm Bureaus.
Includes news and resources for farmers.
Global Crop Diversity Trust
Globalization and large scale commercial farming have tended to homogenize crops. This organization's goal is to preserve crop diversity and protect the world's food supply. Includes the publication "Safeguarding the Future of US Agriculture: the need to conserve threatened collections of crop diversity worldwide."
National Agricultural Library
The National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is one of four National Libraries in the United States. NAL is a major international source for agriculture and related information. This Web site provides access to NAL's many resources and a gateway to its associated institutions.
New York Times: Agriculture and Farming
OK, so the New York Times isn't quite your farm magazine, but then most of us aren't farmers and so the articles that you'll find here might interest you.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Includes links to all of its programs, including the National Agricultural Statistics Service where you can find statistical information about American agriculture.
Allegheny County Cooperative Extension Service
Penn State Cooperative Extension of Allegheny County disseminates research based information to individuals, families, and communities through high quality, nonformal educational Programs funded with 80% state & federal funds, 12% grants, 8% county funds.
Grow Pittsburgh was formed by the owner operators of two urban farms in order to give a voice and leadership to urban agriculture.
TriCounty Produce Auction
Located in New Wilmington, Lawrence County, this company brings together local farmers and buyers. Check out their Market Report. Read more about it in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Wholesale produce auctions help smaller farms reach larger audience.
Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's Online Agricultural Directory
AgMap serves as an online directory for Pennsylvania's agricultural industry, listing businesses offering locally-grown produce, equipment and parts, or serving the ag community. As of April 20, 2006, the database listed over 2,280 such businesses in Pennsylvania. AgMap is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State University to promote agriculture in Pennsylvania.
PA Veggies: Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
includes departments of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Dairy & Animal Science, Horticulture, Agricultural Economics & Rural Sociology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Agricultural & Extension Education, Food Science, Poultry Science, Agronomy, Forest Resources, Veterinary Science
PennAg Industries Association
An advocacy group for Pennsylvania Agribusiness.
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
a non-profit member based organization actively promoting sustainable agriculture in Pennsylvania and the northeast.
Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
information about state forests, common trees
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Information for the Pennsylvania farmer, including publications.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
PFB is a professional organization of farmers and professionals depending on agriculture. It consists of 54 County Farm Bureaus, covering 61 counties in Pennsylvania. It is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the nation's largest general farm organization with more than 4.5 million members.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
With over 200,000 members, the Ohio Farm Bureau is Ohio's largest general farm organization. The Ohio Farm Bureau is a federation of 87 county Farm Bureaus representing all 88 counties.
West Virginia Farm Bureau
The West Virginia Farm Bureau is comprised of 46 county Farm Bureaus.