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The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system. Our mission is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, socially responsible, nonexploitative, and that serve as a foundation for future generations. The Center's work covers a spectrum that includes both theoretical and applied research, academic education and practical training, and public service for audiences ranging from local school children to international agencies. The Center is a part of UCSC's Social Sciences Division.

On the UCSC campus the Center manages the 25-acre UCSC Farm and the 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden as sites for teaching, training, and research in organic horticulture and agricutlure. Both sites are open to the public daily.

Dr. Daniel Press, Director
CASFS
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
831.459-3240
casfs.ucsc.edu

Cover page of The Human Face of Sustainable Food Systems: Adding People to the Environmental Agenda

The Human Face of Sustainable Food Systems: Adding People to the Environmental Agenda

(2013)

Re-examines the social issues that must be addressed in working toward sustainability, including food and income distribution, labor conditions, concentration of ownership, and research priorities. Includes examples of programs that focus on solving these problems. 

Cover page of Expanding the Definition of Sustainable Agriculture

Expanding the Definition of Sustainable Agriculture

(1991)

Raises concerns about current sustainability definitions and suggests ways to incorporate social, environmental, and economic issues into a new definition of sustainable agriculture

Cover page of What Do We Want To Sustain? Developing a Comprehensive Vision of Sustainable Agriculture

What Do We Want To Sustain? Developing a Comprehensive Vision of Sustainable Agriculture

(1991)

Discusses ways to broaden the concept of sustainable agriculture so as to include issues of class, gender, and race.

Cover page of Sustainability in the Balance: Raising Fundamental Issues

Sustainability in the Balance: Raising Fundamental Issues

(1990)

Summarizes social issues critical to sustainable agriculture. Raises questions to be considered in clarifying sustainability goals and translating them into action.