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S&RE Library Research - Food Systems

When using the Library Search Engine (Primo), enter specific search terms to help narrow your focus. For example, searching for "Sustainable Agriculture" is more helpful than simply searching for "Food Systems" and—depending on your particular topic—"Biodynamic Farming" or "Integrated Pest Management" might be even better.

Consider also filtering your search results by media type (e.g. books, streaming videos &c) or arranging them by most recent publication date. Newer is not always better, but more recent scholarship does have the benefit of hindsight. Finding current information is especially important for fast-changing fields and technologies, whether it be for dense, vertical hydroponics or sustainable aquaculture.

If you find resources particularly helpful for your research interests, use the catalog entry to your advantage and search for other books or media with similar subject headings and keywords.

Examples Topics in Food & Sustainability

Food Chains & Food Webs

  • Trophic Level

  • Ecological Energetics

  • Biodiversity

  • (Ecological) Cascade Effect

  • Bioaccumulation

Food Justice & Food Sovereignty

  • Right to Food

  • U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)

  • Pillars of Food Security

  • Food Desert

  • Guerilla Gardening

  • Local Food Movement

Agribusiness & Corporate Farming

  • Peak Farmland

  • Monocrop or Monoculture (vs. Polyculture)

  • Land Degradation

  • Intensive vs. Extensive Farming

  • Factory Farming

  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO)

  • Free Range

  • Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)

  • Food versus Fuel

Pest Control

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

  • Push-Pull Technology

  • Colony Collapse Disorder

Genetically Modified (GM) Foods

  • Biofortification

  • Substantial Equivalence

  • Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR)

  • Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI)

  • Food Labelling

Sustainable Land Management

  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA Model)

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Agroecology

  • Multifunctional Agriculture (MFA)

  • Ecosystem Services (ES)

  • Organic Farming

    • Biointensive Agriculture

    • Integrated Farming

    • Regenerative Agriculture

  • Permaculture

    • Forest Gardening

  • Dryland Farming & Xeriscaping

  • Hydrozoning

Soils & Compost

  • Nitrogen Cycle

  • Soil Regeneration

  • Crop Rotation

  • Nutrient Cycling

  • No-Till Farming

  • Keyline Design

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)

  • Greenhouses

  • Hydroponics vs. Aquaponics

  • Vertical Farming

  • Fertigation vs. Chemigation

  • Building Integrated Agriculture

Fisheries & Aquaculture

  • Maximum (MSY) vs. Optimum Sustainable Yield

    • Carrying Capacity

    • Overfishing & Bycatch

    • Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ)

    • Armchair Fishermen

  • Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

  • Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

  • Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture

  • Seaweed Farming & Algalculture