organic foods

This online bibliography lists recent books, articles, news items, reports and videos related to marketing organic foods. Compiled by Mary V. Gold, Alternative Farming Systems Information Center. July 2001.


"Ten years ago it was easy to direct people to information about organic agriculture. Resources were limited, and reference to a few books and articles was often all that could be offered. Today, electronic and print information overwhelms the seeker of organic-related information.... Organic food and fiber production is presently one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the United States, both in terms of annual sales and farmed acreage....This document will present background information on the organic knowledge base in terms of history, quality, and quantity, and it will present resources and techniques that may be used for optimal retrieval of organic resources and data."


A selected list of ten journal titles ranked by relevance to organic production and organic food. Titles and ranking were determined by surveying journal issues from the years 2004-2007 for number of articles about organic farming, agriculture, production, culture or food(s).

Compiled by Mary V. Gold
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
National Agricultural Library
Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
July 2007


Organically Produced Foods: Food Safety Issues
Special Reference Briefs Series no. SRB 2008-03
August 2008

This bibliography contains 174 citations for articles, conference papers, reports and book chapters published January 2000 through July 2008. Cited resources focus specifically on food safety issues related to organically produced foods. These issues include pesticide and related chemical residues in foods; heavy metal and microbial contamination of foods linked to farming and handling practices; natural toxicants including phytochemicals in foods that may affect food safety; antibiotic residues in animal products and their impact on antibiotic resistance in humans and animals; and fungal and bacterial contamination of organic animal feeds.

Compiled by: Mary V. Gold
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, National Agricultural Library, USDA
August 2008


Organically Produced Foods: Nutritive Content
Special Reference Briefs Series no. SRB 2000-03
Covers publications from 1945-2000
July 2000

This bibliography focuses specifically on the nutritive value of organically produced foods: vitamin and mineral content, as well as related chemical constituents. With the exception of a handful of references to publications that deal with the general relationship of soil qualities and crop composition, each document cited contains at least some information about nutrients found in food as related to organic production. Most items deal with research results; several are overviews of literature or research, or are opinion pieces. Many compare organic foods with those conventionally produced.
This SRB continues "Organically Produced Foods: Nutritive Content," SRB 2008-02 [Publications from 2000-2008]
(http://pubs.nal.usda.gov/organically-produced-foods-nutritive-content-sr...)

Compiled by: Mary V. Gold
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, National Agricultural Library, USDA
June 2000


Organically Produced Foods: Nutritive Content
Special Reference Briefs Series no. SRB 2008-02
Covers publications from 2000-2008
August 2008

This bibliography contains 283 citations for articles, conference papers, reports and book chapters published 2000 through July 2008. Cited works focus specifically on the nutrient content of organically produced foods: vitamin and mineral content, phytonutrients (phytochemicals), fatty acids and related chemical constituents. Each cited item relates directly to food produced from organic agricultural and/or handling practices.
Continued by "Organically Produced Foods: Nutritive Content," SRB 2000-03 [Publications from 1945-2000]
http://pubs.nal.usda.gov/organically-produced-foods-nutritive-content-sr...

Compiled by: Mary V. Gold
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, National Agricultural Library, USDA
August 2008