CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

225 Keirn Hall

Lincoln, NE 68583-0949


Copyright 1997 University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Here is one building block in the foundation for a future agriculture. Increasing trainer literacy in sustainable agriculture can be defined on several levels. At its most literal, it is an anthology of reviews familiarizing the reader with some of the authors, topics, and titles that have composed the sustainable agriculture literature over the last decade or more. It also serves as an annotated bibliography where the dry abstracts of many such works are replaced with insightful essays. Most importantly, this primer is a language text, exposing the user to the semantics, symbols, and syntax of sustainable agriculture. This collection of titles is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather to be representative. Our primary audience was identified in the legislative language that established a Professional Development Program in the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program: Extension staff and other Federal personnel who deal directly with farmers. This collection also can be useful to others interested in food and natural resource systems: teachers, resource specialists, farmers and ranchers, activists, or others who want to brush up on current thinking.