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Organic and Sustainable Food

See also: Farmers' Markets, Food Policy, Kitchen Gardens, Local Food, Slow Food, Sustainable Agriculture, Vegetarianism.

Selected Books

Cool, Jesse Ziff
Simply Organic: a cookbook for sustainable, seasonal, and local ingredients
q TX741.C664 2008
An updated Chronicle Books version of the author's Your Organic Kitchen (2000).
Cox, Jeff
The Organic Cook's Bible: how to select and cook the best ingredients on the market
TX741.C68 2006x
This is a useful reference for its list of fruits and vegetables and how to cook them even if you are not an organic food enthusiast.
Cox, Jeff
The Organic Food Shopper's Guide: What you need to know to select and cook the best food on the market
TX741.C73 2008
Cox, a former editor at Organic Gardening magazine, tells you how to buy "organic".
Crump, Jeff and Bettina Schormann
Earth to Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm
TX741.C78 2009x
A Canadian pioneer of Slow Food, Crump is a chef in a restaurant in Ontario, Canada. The trick to eating sustainably, he says, is being able to cook. Read more about Crump.
Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hugh
The River Cottage Cookbook
TX741.F425 2008
This English natural foods cookbook (2001) has been tailored in this version for a U.S. audience. See the River Cottage website for more information about the farm which was featured in three British T.V.series.
Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hugh
River Cottage Every Day
TX741.F426 2011
Every day food focuses on the recipes Fearnley-Whittingstall cooks at home for his family, including breakfasts and lunches.
Fromartz, Samuel
Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew
HD9000.5.F765 2006
Business writer Samuel Fromartz investigates the rise of organic foods from its anti-industrial origins more than a century ago to the wildly successful organic food industry today, a success that risks betraying the very ideals upon which it was founded.
Goodman, Myra
Food to Live By: the Earthbond Farm Organic Cookbook
TX741.G66 2006
Written by one of the founders of Earthbound Farms, Food to Live By begins with a chapter on organic food but the majority of the book is recipes emphasizing fresh fruits and vegetables.
Manning, Ivy
The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally
TX741.M345 2008
As America's desire for local, natural ingredients continues to grow and as farmers markets multiply, Ivy Manning offers this fully photographed collection of recipes, including special dishes from Northwest chefs and restaurants.
Johnson, Paul
Fish Forever: the definitive guide to understanding, selecting, and preparing healthy, delicious, and environmentally sustainable seafood
TX747.J63 2007
Fish is one food that in Pittsburgh is generally not a "Local" food. If you are concerned about sustainability issues and still want to eat fish, pick up this IACP Cookbook of the Year.
Shafia, Louisa
Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life
TX741.S493 2009
Learn how to live and eat green. Remember to take your own doggy containers when you eat out!
Waters, Alice
In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart
TX741.W383 2010x
Derived from a Slow Food Nation event she helped organize, this slim book covers the basics of steaming a vegetable, dressing a salad, simmering stock, filleting a fish, roasting a chicken, and making bread.


Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
(DVD) HD9012.5.F663 2009x
In the mountains of France, the mayor of a small town has changed the school's lunch menu to locally grown organic foods in order to bring safe food products and healthy diet to the children. We learn about the abuses of the food industry, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. Features interviews with children, parents, teachers, scientists, and more.

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Web Sites

  • Center for Food Safety
    Established by the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) in 1997 and based in Washington, D.C., the Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a public interest and environmental advocacy organization which works to address the impacts of our food production system on human health, animal welfare and the environment. CFS works to achieve its goals through grassroots campaigns, public education, media outreach, and litigation.
  • Certified Naturally Grown
    Certified Naturally Grown provides small, local growers with an alternative to "certified organic" accreditation by a USDA certification agency that requires extensive paperwork for each crop and high certification fees. It bans the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, as well as antibiotics and hormones.
  • Earth Fare Supermarkets
    Based in North Carolina, Earth Fare Supermarkets offer all natural and organic products. They have a recipe database with 8000 entries.
  • Eat Well Guide
    The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, an organization that promotes resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems, has released a guide to help consumers buy meat raised without antibiotics.
  • Environmental Working Group: Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce
    A 2011 report card on pesticides in food.
  • Local Harvest
    A not-for-profit venture to sprout and grow a definitive and reliable "living" public directory of small farms nationwide, and in so doing to provide people with direct contact to farms in their local area.
  • Organic Consumers Association
    Top stories related to organic food
  • Organic Gardening
    The original magazine from Rodale publications. Learn how to grow your own organic food!
  • Sustainable Table
    Sustainable Table is a consumer campaign developed by the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE) to educate the consumer about the Sustainable Food movement.
  • USDA: National Organic Program
    Information from the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service about organic food standards.
  • WWOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
    Do you want to work on an organic farm in Europe and other global locations? In return for volunteer help WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.

Pittsburgh Resources

  • East End Food Co-Op
    The East End Food Co-op is an organic and natural foods grocer with an award winning vegetarian cafe located at 7516 Meade Street, Pittsburgh
  • Frankferd Farms
    Frankferd Farms, located in Saxonburg (North of Pittsburgh), is an OCIA certified organic farm and flour mill and also offers an organic foods warehouse. You can buy retail or order from their warehouse for pickup or delivery. Or you can form a buying club with your neighbors and friends!
  • Right By Nature
    A natural foods market in Pittsburgh's Strip District.
  • Sunny Bridge Natural Foods
    Sunny Bridge is an independently-owned and operated natural foods store in McMurray, PA.
  • Whole Foods
    A national supermarket chain offering natural and organic foods with a store in East Liberty.

  • Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)
    Pennsylvania Certified Organic is non-profit organization which educates and certifies organic farms, food processors and distributors within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Last updated July 11, 2012