Reference articles are a great way to start your research, get background information, and learn what some of the most important issues and controversies exist in a field. The reference articles below are from academic encyclopedias--you can search hundreds of academic encyclopedias and other reference books in one of the online databases that Hostos library subscribes to, Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Other sources of information can include widely respected institutions such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Some databases that will include articles about agricultural issues: Science in Context, Business Source Complete, Academic Search Complete, CQ Researcher,
To search across multiple databases, or to find research data sets, audio-visual files, books, and much more, use our new OneSearch and then click on on the left-hand side to see all the different kinds of sources available.
In addition to mainstream newspapers like The New York Times (and remember that all CUNY students, staff, and faculty can get a free digital subscription), also consider alternative news sources that may take a critical view of some of the most profitable agricultural industries and powerful lobbies, such as Mother Jones, Colorlines, and Project Censored.
Reference articles are a great way to start your research, get background information, and learn what some of the most important issues and controversies exist in a field. Some reference articles about agriculture:
What's "monoculture agriculture"? When only one type of plant is planted in an area, over and over, instead of a diversity of plants. What's the big deal with monoculture agriculture, and what problems can this cause? Find out with this reference article on monoculture agriculture - from the Encyclopedia of Global Resources through the library's Gale Virtual Reference Library database.
An overview of the effects of climate change on agriculture - from the Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, found through the library's Gale Virtual Reference Library database.
Anim Steel is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Real Food Challenge, a campaign to re-direct $1 billion of college food purchases towards local, fair, and sustainable sources within 10 years.
Anim Steel led national initiatives at The Food Project in Boston and was a consultant with Economic Development Assistance Consortium. Anim holds a B.A. in Astrophysics and History from Williams College and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the recipient of a Prime Mover Fellowship for movement-building and an Echoing Green award for social entrepreneurship. Born in Ghana, Anim grew up in both West Africa and Washington, DC.