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Sustainable Ag/Food

These are exciting times for us at the Kerr Center — and for all of you who share our interest in sustainable food and agriculture.

Our interest in good health is leading us to delicious, nutritious and locally-grown food.

We are “voting with our forks”– choosing to eat food grown in a way that is good for both the land and for people.

We know that the health of our food, our farms and our families cannot be separated.


Your support for sustainable agriculture will lead to
a brighter future for our children and our planet!

Steps to a Sustainable Agriculture

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What is sustainable agriculture? Our easy-to-understand guide, from our critically-acclaimed book The Next Green Revolution: Essential Steps to a Healthy, Sustainable Agriculture.

Find Local Foods

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Where can I find Oklahoma farm-fresh foods?  Links to markets/farms/co-ops selling sustainably and locally-grown foods. Become an OKLAVORE!

Farm to Table: Food Systems

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What is a local food system and why is it important? Find out about community food security. Broaden your understanding of the system, from gate-to-plate.

Closer to Home: Healthier Food, Farms and Families in Oklahoma

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How are we doing? A fascinating look at the health of Oklahoma’s people, farms and rural communities. Practical ideas for you, wherever you live, to improve your quality of life.

Sustainable Food & Agriculture Library

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How can you make a difference? Check out our publications and media on a range of food and ag issues.

What is Sustainable Agriculture? Memorable Quotes from "The Next Green Revolution"

James E. Horne-- Stewardship

Simply put, sustainable agriculture includes stewardship of both natural and human resources. This includes concern over the living and working conditions of farm laborers, consumer health and safety, and the needs of rural communities. (The Next Green Revolution, p. 59)

John Pesek-- The central issue for the human race.

Sustainability of an agriculture that is environmentally benign in relation to world resources, population, and environment is a serious issue– perhaps along with population, the central issue for the human race. (Sustainable Agriculture Systems, p. 2)

The Leopold Center -- Multi-dimensional, preserving the social fabric.

Farming systems that are environmentally sound, profitable, productive, and maintain the social fabric of the rural community.

Geoffrey C. Saign -- Favorable both to humans and other species.

“an agriculture that can evolve indefinitely toward greater human utility, greater efficiency of resource use, and a balance with the environment that is favorable both to humans and to most other species.” (Green Essentials, p.137)

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (USDA SARE) -- Long term, good for people, pocketbook, and planet.

The term ”sustainable agriculture” (U.S. Code Title 7, Section 3103) means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will over the long-term:

  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs.
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends.
  • Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls.
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

Support sustainable farms!

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