Best Practice Reference - Cultural Dimension of Sustainability

Cultural Dimension: Inspiration, innovation, leadership, and altruism are enabled. Communities are stable and thrive.  

1. Personal Growth and Community Development 

Hassanein, N. 1999. Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge and Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement. Lincoln: University of Nebraska.

2. Food Security and Food Sovereignty

Altieri, M., et al., Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA), 2012. The Scaling Up of Agroecology: Spreading the Hope for Food Sovereignty and Resiliency,

Badgley, C., Moghtader, J., Quintero, E., Zakem, E., Chappell, M.J., Samulon, A., and Perfecto, I. 2007. Organic agriculture and the global food supply. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 22: 86-108.

Badgley, C. and Perfecto, I. 2007. Can organic farming feed the world? Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 22: 80-85.

Scialabba, FAO, 2007. Organic Agriculture and Food security_FAO-2007-5,


3. Product Quality

Baker, B.P., Benbrook, C.M., Lutz-Benbrook, K., and Groth, E.III. 2002. Pesticide residues in conventional, integrated pest management (IPM)-grown and organic foods: Insights from three US data sets. Food Additives and Contaminants 19: 427-446.

Brandt, K., Leifert, C., Sanderson, R., and Seal, C.J. 2011. Agroecosystem management and nutritional quality of plant foods: The case of organic fruits and vegetables. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 30: 177-197.

Gussow, J.D. 2006. Reflections of nutritional health and the environment: The journey to sustainability. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 1: 3-25.