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Frontiers in Agricultural Research: Food, Health, Environment and Communities (December 2002)

Report in Brief

The focus of the report is on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and how it should refocus its 2 billion annual research budget to reflect changing public values and needs. It's emphasis should shift from increasing food and fiber production to frontier issues such as the impact of globalization on U.S. agriculture, diet and health, food safety, environmentally sound farming alternatives and the quality of life in rural communities. It goes on to discuss the need for high-level leadership to support new directions in food and agricultural research.