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About AFHVS

The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS) is a prominent professional organization which provides an international forum to engage in the cross-disciplinary study of food, agriculture, and health, as well as an opportunity for examining the values that underlie various visions of food and agricultural systems. 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 encourages participation by the growing community of researchers and professionals exploring alternative visions of the food system from numerous perspectives and approaches, including local and regional food systems; alternative food movements; agricultural and food policies, agricultural sustainability, food justice, issues of local and global food security, and food sovereignty.

In a series of visioning sessions and membership surveys between 2012 and 2015, the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society has collaboratively discussed its vision and values as a learning community, putting our mission into practice more operationally via an emphasis on:

  • Supportive, collaborative community

  • Relational process orientation

  • Social justice & sustainability

  • Critical thinking from multiple perspectives.

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AFHVS provides members the opportunity to meet and discuss programs, theories, and research ideas of common interest. We do this through annual conferences and professional communications and networking.  Agriculture and Human Values is the official journal of the Society. Like the Society, it seeks to create educational and scholarly affiliations among the humanities, the social sciences, food and nutrition studies, and the agricultural disciplines, and to promote an ethical, social, and ecological understanding of agricultural and food systems.

2020 AFHVS/ASFS Conference

We regret that due to COVID-19, the 2020 conference planned for May 27-30 has been cancelled. 

Please join us in working to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus.




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