Founded in 1987, AFHVS promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the broad areas of agriculture and rural studies. Growing out of W. K. Kellogg Foundation-supported projects to promote interaction between liberal arts and agricultural disciplines, AFHVS provides a continuing link among scholars working in cross-disciplinary studies of food and agriculture. From a base of philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists, AFHVS has grown to include scientists, scholars and practitioners in areas ranging from agricultural production and social science to nutrition policy and the humanities.
AFHVS provides a forum for examining the values that underlie various visions of food and agricultural systems, and it offers members the opportunity to meet and discuss programs and research ideas of common interest. AFHVS encourages participation by the growing community of researchers and professionals exploring alternative visions of the food system, including regional food policies, community supported agriculture, and issues of local and global food security.
AFHVS does not advocate or endorse specific policies or political platforms, and it welcomes participation from persons with views across the entire political spectrum. AFHVS needs you to help us continue our commitment to reasoned and informed examination of the values guiding the development of our future food and agricultural systems.