National Sustainable Agriculture Oral History Archive

Through a series of video-recorded interviews, this oral history project is documenting the formation and evolution of what today is known as the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), including the federal policy reforms NSAC and its allies have achieved over the last three decades. 

Topics covered include:

    • The political and social context surrounding the formation in the early 1980s of what became NSAC
    • The evolution of NSAC from its early days as an informal network of grassroots organizations — most of which were located in the Midwest, with Minnesota groups playing prominent roles — to the more formal structure of regional Sustainable Agriculture Working Groups (SAWGs) in the 1990s, to the NSAC of today with its 120 organizations from around the country
    • A review of the policy gains that support organic and sustainable agriculture achieved through the past six Farm Bills
    • A discussion of where the efforts of sustainable agriculture advocates came up short, as well as an exploration of further policy changes needed to advance sustainable agriculture and a healthier food system

Ron Kroese, Garden Avenue Associates, and
Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems


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