Resource Pointer #90
July 31, 1996
For copies of the following resources, please contact
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*National Organic Directory, 1996.* Community Alliance
with Family Farmers (CAFF). Indexes and describes wide
range of U.S. organic farming resources, including
contact information for farmers, wholesalers, farm
suppliers, support businesses, certification groups and
resource groups. Summarizes state organic laws,
discusses the state of organic certification nationwide
and includes an organic marketing guide. Includes
comprehensive cross-listed indexes. 370 pp. US$34.95
(plus tax and shipping). Community Alliance with Family
Farmers, P.O. Box 464, Davis, CA 95617; phone (916) 756-
8518; fax (916) 756-7857; email email@example.com.
*Calendar of Sustainable Agriculture Events, July 16,
1996.* Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.
Lists upcoming conferences and events worldwide related
to sustainable agriculture and provides information
about location, date, sponsors and how to get more
information. Current issue announces events from June
1996 through March 1998, including conferences on
biotechnology, organic farming, permaculture, eco-
forestry, horticulture and community food systems.
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, ATTN:
SAN Calendar, Room 304, National Agricultural Library,
10301, Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705; fax (301)
*Monitoring Sustainable Agriculture with Conventional
Financial Data, 1996.* Dick Levins. Proposes guidelines
for determining the environmental and social
sustainability of farms by examining financial records.
Assesses sustainability in terms of four criteria,
including reliance on government programs, job creation,
balance between feed use compared to feed production and
use of equipment, chemicals and non-renewable energy.
States that sustainable farms should not require
continual government assistance or excessive chemical
and non-renewable energy use, and that they should
create jobs and make use of animals on-farm. Provides
worksheets and instructions enabling farmers to carry
out self-evaluations. 29 pp. US$7. Land Stewardship
Project, 2200 Fourth Street, White Bear Lake, MN 55110;
phone (612) 653-0618; fax (612) 653-0589.
*The Environmental Imperative: Eco-Social Concerns for
Australian Agriculture, 1996.* Frank Vanclay and
Geoffrey Lawrence. Examines challenges and changes in
Australian agriculture, emphasizing sociological
approaches to managing land degradation and advancing
sustainable agriculture and community development.
Examines range of issues related to Australian
agriculture, including history, soil and climatic
conditions, economic and marketing structures and
agribusiness. Stresses need for re-shaping Australian
extension services to advance environmentally
sustainable practices, and discusses methods for
improving farmer adoption of these practices. 204 pp.
Rural Social and Economic Research Centre, Central
Queensland University, Bruce Highway North Rockhampton,
Rockhampton Qld 4702, Australia; phone (79) 30-6401; fax
*State of the Malaysian Environment, 1996.* Consumers'
Association of Penang and Sahabat Alam Malaysia.
Presents proceedings from conference on Malaysian
environment, including brief overviews of Malaysian
agriculture, biodiversity, soil, water, forests and
wetlands. Discusses key problems for health and the
environment in Malaysia associated with input-intensive
agriculture, industrialization, urbanization and
pollution, and proposes policy changes discussed at the
conference. 68 pp. Consumers' Association of Penang, 228
Macalister Road, 10400 Penang; phone (60-4) 373-511; fax
(60-4) 368-106; Sahabat Alam Malaysia, 27 Lorong Maktab,
10250 Penang, Malaysia; phone/fax (60-4) 375-705.
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