To be sustainable, agriculture needs to take a holistic, ecological approach that builds healthy soil, eliminates the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones, and antibiotics. Not only do organic farming practices reduce pollution, the resulting food supports the health of those who eat it. Industrial farming practices, on the other hand, create a variety of environmental health problems in and near the communities where it is grown.
In addition to meeting the nutrition requirements of the USDA, school food should also follow the ‘first principle of care’, which is to do no harm. We believe this requires food that is raised without the use of synthetic chemical … more
Most school districts have a wellness policy that addresses multiple aspects of student health, often including both food and physical activity. This section deals with food, lunchtime environment, and the importance of the precautionary principle. Healthy School Food Lunchtime Environment Precautionary … more
The following is the executive summary from Rodale Institute’s white paper titled ‘Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming’: We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes … more
References [updated December 2014] [Citations that include a filename (ending in .pdf) indicate that we have the PDF of that study – contact Peter Crownfield for more information] Altieri, M. “Enhanced Pest Management Through Soil Health: Toward a Belowground Habitat Management … more
Climate and Sustainability Commitment (As adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District, 28 April 2014) “Changes to Pennsylvania’s climate are happening now. While there is uncertainty as to the extent and timing of these impacts, it is undeniable that action … more
There are many inter-related and interdependent factors that contribute to campus sustainability. This section looks at two ways to organize the different aspects of sustainability for campuses. The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future, outlines four interdependent … more