Internet Reference Library


Food Safety

Food Related Diseases

Overviews, prevention, symptoms and treatment.

A gateway to food safety information from various agencies of the federal government. Contains information for consumers, children, educators, and those in the food service industry. (LII)

Food Safety Office
Information on food borne diseases, pathogens, environmental hazard, prevention, images and information resources.


Food Systems

Community Supported Agriculture
"This publication reports on the history of Community Supported Agriculture in the U.S. and discusses the various models that have emerged. Recent trends in the CSA movement are presented".

Community Supported Agriculture
Resources about CSA, which "consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes ... the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support." The site includes a description of CSA, a list of CSA farms in the United States, and links to information related to CSA and sustainable agriculture.(LII)

Food Routes
This website is "dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food     the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to our tables."

Local Harvest
Enter your zip code "to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies".

Organic Consumers Association
"The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers".

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
PASA's mission is "promoting profitable farms which produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment".

Pennsylvania Local Food Guide Map
"Adirectory of Pennsylvania family farms, farmers' markets Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSA's), u-pick farms, restaurants, grocers, caterers and bakers, bed & breakfasts, and other businesses that sell locally grown farm products."

Sustainable Agriculture
This website has publication about the "principles of sustainable agriculture and some of the "systems" approaches associated with it".

Sustainable Table
This site introduces users "to the major issues surrounding sustainable meat and factory farming." Topics include additives, animal welfare, genetic engineering, heritage livestock breeds and heirloom crop varieties, hormones, mad cow disease, slaughterhouses and processing, and soil conditions. From the Sustainable Table, "a consumer campaign developed by the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE)." (LII)

Your Food Environment Atlas
This atlas provides an "overview of a community's ability to access to healthy food".  This interactive tool allows users to compile county level statistics on food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics.


Food Guide Pyramid
This site "illustrates the research-based food guidance system developed by USDA and supported by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)." The Pyramid "will help you choose what and how much to eat from each food group to get the nutrients you need and not too many calories, or too much fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, sodium, or alcohol." (LII)

Food Labelling and Nutrition
This searchable site has information on how to read and understand the nutrition facts panel on food labels; articles on nutrition and health; industry labeling guidance, regulations, and compliance information; and legal requirements for health and nutrient content claims.(LII)

Martindale'sVirtual Nutrition Center
Includes links to information on food science and food management, cooking techniques and demonstrations, and thousands of recipes. "Nutrition Overview" is ambitious in its coverage: reference works, nutrition calculators, specialized science databases, laboratory diagnostics and protocols, safety guidelines, and travel and immuninization information. Other sources include nutrition journals, databases, courses, and tutorials. (LII)

Nutrition and Health Informatio Sheets
Designed for the layperson, these fact sheets provide information on specific topics such as calcium, osteoporosis, cholesterol, ephedra, fiber, fat, iron and anemia, low carbohydrate diets, soy, and St. John's wort. Also features "General Nutrition & Health Guidelines" with tips about fitness and diet.(LII)



Contains thousands of recipes, cooking tips, holiday features, cocktails, wine advice, travel suggestions, and more. Many recipes feature helpful (and mouth-watering) photographs. Though somewhat commercialized, the quality of the recipes--several notches above the average Web collection--makes Epicurious a first stop for many cooks. Searchable and browsable. (LII)
The "companion website to cable's premiere destination for food and lifestyle programming." There are over 20,000 recipes from various shows, entertaining suggestions, profiles of different chefs, cookbook reviews, a wine section, and schedules for the shows. Searchable. (LII)


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