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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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SU Food Studies students with squashPOSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Food Studies Internship Placement Coordinator

The Food Studies program at Syracuse University is hiring a full-time, salaried internship coordinator to help place students SU-Falk-College-Logoin internships, develop community collabora-

tions, and possibly teach a course.

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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!


A message on behalf of a JAFSCD founding partner



 An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health


Led by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Faculty and Staff


Free, six-week course offered through the Johns Hopkins University partnership with Coursera


A food system encompasses the activities, people, and resources involved in getting food from field to plate. Along the way, it intersects with aspects of public health, equity and the environment.


This course will provide a brief introduction to the U.S. food system and how food production practices and what we choose to eat impacts the world in which we live. Through several case studies, participants will discuss some key historical and political factors that have helped shape the current food system and consider alternative approaches from farm to fork. Topics include food security, food animal production, aquaculture, food waste, and the farm bill.


The course will be led by a team of faculty and staff from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Guest lecturers will include experts from a variety of disciplines, including public health and agriculture.


To sign up, you will need to set up a Coursera account using an email address. A statement of accomplishment from Coursera is provided to participants who earn an average of 75% or greater across all quizzes. Verified certificates are available for a fee.



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!

New Papers on Demand for Cowpea Leaves, Farmers Markets, School Meals, and More


December 1, 2015 -- The current fall issue of JAFSCD is well underway with open-call papers on a wide range of topics.


Of special note is John Ikerd's column in which he proposes a new  Food Ethic, inspired by Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic. John's column is freely available, so check it out and share it!


Other items published so far in this issue include:

(Photo of cowpea leaves copyright © by Princess Tafadzwa, used with permission.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, April 20 2016 18:50

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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