Production & Sustainability

America’s agricultural producers and exporters are passionate about providing safe, wholesome, and affordable food and farm products to consumers around the world. Embracing science and innovation makes it possible for them to help meet global demand, keep food affordable, and ensure that it is produced in the ways that are most sustainable – both environmentally and economically. At the links below and to the right, you can learn more about American agriculture’s commitment to quality, safety, environmental stewardship, science, and sustainability – and about the U.S. infrastructure that supports this.

In addition, FAS's international offices track and report on other countries' policies, initiatives, and activities that relate to areas such as climate, sustainability, and technology adoption. Get the latest updates in the Data and Analysis section below.

Animal and Plant Health

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/

Biotechnology

https://www.usda.gov/topics/biotechnology

Climate

https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/climate

https://www.usda.gov/oce/energy-and-environment/climate/usda

Conservation

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/

https://www.farmers.gov/conserve

Farm Practices and Management

https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/farm-practices-management/

Food Safety

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/

https://www.fda.gov/food

Food Systems

https://www.fas.usda.gov/topics/un-food-systems-summit-2021

Grading and Standards

https://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards

Innovation

https://www.usda.gov/aia

Organics

Trade - https://www.fas.usda.gov/commodities/organic-products

Production and Certification - https://www.usda.gov/topics/organic

Sustainability

https://thesustainabilityalliance.us/

Data and Analysis

On October 1, 2021, the European Commission published a roadmap outlining its intention to propose legally binding food waste reduction targets in the European Union, as part of its Farm to Fork Strategy. Stakeholders can comment on the roadmap until October 29, 2021.
On September 29, 2021, the European Commission published a roadmap outlining its intention to publish a Communication on biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics.
On September 29, 2021, the European Commission launched five “EU missions” to address climate and sustainability issues through funding of research and development.

News and Features

The Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate now has the support of 30 nations, as well as the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s COP26 Presidency
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined agriculture ministers from the rest of the G20 in Florence Sept. 16-18, 2021, to discuss sustainable solutions to the global challenges facing agriculture
Secretary Vilsack today called on the agriculture leaders of the G20 to come together to end hunger and poverty, combat climate change. and build more sustainable, equitable, and resilient food systems.

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