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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 Twitter Conference


We attend conferences for a number of reasons: to share and get feedback on our research, take stock of the field, set research and institutional priorities, find and connect with mentors, catch up with old friends and make new ones, and break bread together. We’ll unfortunately miss some aspects of the conference experience this year, but we can still share our work and connect with each other through a joint ASFS/AFHVS Twitter Conference, July 23-25. The Twitter Conference is being voluntarily organized by four ASFS and AFHVS members. More information is available here: http://www.food-culture.org/conference/twitter-conference-2020/.



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