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 April 28, 2022, the European Commission launched a public consultation period for an upcoming proposal for a horizontal framework law to make food systems more sustainable.
On April 29, 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) announced the issuance of new and renewed biosafety certificates for genetically engineered (GE) events.
On March 31, 2022, the European Commission (EC) approved three genetically engineered (GE) crops (1 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorization for 1 cotton crop for food and feed imports. The three authorizations and one renewal were published in the European Union’s Official Journal on April 4 and 7, 2022, and they remain valid for 10 years.

News and Features

Secretary Vilsack and Mexico Agriculture Secretary Victor Villalobos met this week to continue cooperation on shared priorities including open trade, science-based policy making, and sustainable and climate-smart agricultural production.
At the first AIM for Climate ministerial meeting in Dubai, Secretary Vilsack called on AIM for Climate partners to continue on their ambitious path towards addressing global climate change and hunger challenges.

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