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Environmental Studies: Food Research

Food at Local, National, International Levels

Local - Gettysburg and Adams County, PA

Statewide and Regional


The U.S. government is the largest publisher in the world, and a lot of its publications are available online (fulltext).  They're not all in one place, though. Start here:

  • GovInfo - free public access to official publications from all three branches of the U.S. federal government
  • - search U.S. government websites

Other resources to explore if you're researching national food policy issues:


Gray Literature

Gray literature is high quality research produced by government, academia, or business, but NOT published and distributed by commercial publishers. Because it isn't published in academic journals, it doesn't undergo the peer review process familiar to most academic authors. But this doesn't mean it's not created and vetted by experts! Examples:

Relevant Journals for Food Studies

Here are a few important journal titles in this field*.  Search for articles in these journals (and more) by using article search engines (aka library databases) like Environment Complete and Academic Search Premier.journal_art

*Our library has online access to some; for the others, please use Interlibrary Loan

Food Films

All of these DVDs are in the Musselman Library collection.  Email Janelle if you have suggestions for others!  (You can suggest films to add to the list or films to buy - or both.)

Also see 26 Films Every Food Activist Must Watch.

The Harvest
Food, Inc.
Big River: A King Corn Companion
No Impact Man
What's on Your Plate?
The Garden
The Hunger Season
King Corn
Fast Food Nation
Super Size Me
The Future of Food
How To Get Fat Without Really Trying
Food Fight: Childhood Obesity and the Food Industry
Eating Alaska
Food Stamped
Cafeteria Man
What's On Your Plate?

Keeping up with food news

Civil Eats - a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system, and James Beard Foundation 2014 Publication of the Year

FERN - the Food and Environmental Reporting Network - is "an independent, non-profit news organization that produces investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health." This is a great site to browse regularly to keep up with food news and give you new ideas!