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The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD: ISSN 2152-0801) is an online international, peer-reviewed publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals and scholars.



JAFSCD is sponsored by four leading North American university programs focused on food systems.


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JAFSCD Cover Volume 6 Issue 3Spring Issue Wraps Up

June 20, 2016 -- The spring issue of JAFSCD wrapped up on the last day of the season with more papers on a range of topics: Amish perceptions of fresh produce safety; principles of sustainable agriculture; Walmart's animal welfare policy; locational advantage and scale for local vs. conventional produce; barriers to EBT at farmers markets; and reviews of  Introduction to the U.S. Food System  and How To Thrive in the Next Economy.


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Spring Issue Features Papers on a Range of Topics

June 3, 2016 -- JAFSCD's spring issue features open-call papers on a variety of topics, along with John Ikerd's call for an Ethic of Sustainability and several book reviews. We'll be publishing items right through spring, so keep on eye out! If you're not on our "Article Heads-up" notification list, you can sign up on this issue's table of contents (scroll down to the "Not Ready To Subscribe Yet?" panel in the left margin). 



JAFSCD-Cover-Vol6-Issue2-LoResWinter Issue Is Complete: Labor in the Food System

INFAS-LogoApril 4, 2016 -- The winter of JAFSCD focuses on the topic of Labor in the Food System from Farm to Table. The issue is being sponsored by INFAS, the Inter-Institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability.


All papers, reviews, and columns are now published to this issue -- check them out!



Now Available: Textbook on US Food System, Edited by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Faculty

textbook US Food SystemAt long last, there is a textbook that engages students in a scholarly overview of today’s food system in the U.S.

Edited by Roni Neff, a program director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) and faculty member in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, and Equity focuses on the U.S. food system’s relationships with public health, the environment, equity, and society. The textbook provides evidence-based perspectives and is rich with illustrative examples, case studies, activities, and discussion questions.

For years prior to publication, several members of the CLF had discussed on the idea of a textbook that would serve as a resource for helping students tackle the thorniest problems in the food system and for encouraging them to think critically about solutions. Student interest in the food system has grown dramatically since the new millennium, and academic courses and programs addressing the food system have proliferated.

The textbook addresses issues including food insecurity, social justice, community and worker health concerns, food marketing, nutrition, resource depletion, and ecological degradation. Contributing authors include, among many others, well-known food system experts such as Alice Ammerman, Molly Anderson, Mariana Chilton, Kate Clancy, Fred Kirschenmann, Robert S. Lawrence, Wayne Roberts, LaDonna Sanders-Redmond, David Wallinga, and Mark Winne. (Altogether there are 106 contributors to the book.)

The textbook is well suited for readers with a variety of perspectives, among them undergraduate and graduate students and professionals in the fields of public health, nutritional science, nursing, medicine, environment, policy, business, social science, and more. It is designed for use in many types of departments or schools to support educators from a variety of disciplines and their efforts to meet growing student demand for course work on food system topics. In addition, there is an online supplement for educators, which provides learning activities and slides for each chapter, as well as other resource materials.

As director of CLF’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health program, Roni has dedicated her career to thinking about and addressing food and ecological concerns as they intersect with the public’s health. She teaches two service-learning courses: Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study in Urban Food Environments, and the Food System Sustainability Practicum course, which she co-teaches with Meg Burke. In 2012-2013 Roni was a SOURCE Service-Learning faculty fellow, and she is on the faculty of the Bloomberg School’s Environmental Health Sciences and Health Policy and Management departments.

The textbook may be purchased directly from Wiley Jossey-Bass or from other booksellers. 

Preview the list of chapters, contributing authors and the Introduction.



JAFSCD-Cover-Volume6-Issue1-LoResFall Issue Wraps Up with Papers and a Final Review


December 21, 2015 -- The fall issue of JAFSCD is now complete. Remember to log in at right if you're a subscriber so you can access the full-text PDFs! The entire issue can be downloaded, or its table of contents. The final published items include:

A final book review is also published:

(Cover photo copyright © by Stephanie Carnow and used with permission.)

Fall Issue Continues with Range of Papers and Reviews


December 17, 2015 -- See the latest papers published:

Growing-Local-Film-Series-ScreenAnd here are two new reviews!

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Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.


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