work and learn on U.S. organic farms. Each year approximately thirty
individuals receive intensive organic farm training, free lodging, meals, and
a small monthly stipend from participating U.S. host farms.
O RGANIC INFORMATION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
M ost of the information on organic agriculture that comes from the U.S.
go vernment is framed within an economic context. It seems the federal gov-
er nment believes it is acceptable to provide basic information on organic
ag riculture because some farmers, wholesalers, and distributors are making
m oney from it. But no other aspects of organic production are empha-
siz ed; U.S. governmental documents provide little discussion of the poten-
tia l benefits to individual farm families, rural communities, landscapes, or
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W ithin the Environmental Protection Agency section on pesticides, some
in formation on organic food is provided at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/
fo od/organics.htm. The Food andDrugAdministration has a division called
th e Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, which offers information
on pesticides in food at http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov.
Th e National Medical Library's PubMed is a service of the National Li-
br ary of Medicine that provides access to over 12 million MEDLINE citations
ba ck to the mid-1960s and additional life science journals. Its Web site
(h ttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed) offers links
to full text articles and other related resources.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGENCIES
The National Agricultural Library (http://www.nal.usda.gov) is one of four
national libraries (the others are the Library of Congress, the National Li-
brary of Education, and the National Library of Medicine). Its Alternative
Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) focuses on locating infor-
mation on alternative agriculture. Its three main areas are organic food
production, sustainable agriculture, and community-supported agriculture