Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 57–66

Civic dietetics: opportunities for integrating civic agriculture concepts into dietetic practice


DOI: 10.1007/s10460-008-9177-2

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Wilkins, J.L. Agric Hum Values (2009) 26: 57. doi:10.1007/s10460-008-9177-2


When Thomas Lyson developed the concept of Civic Agriculture, he provided a useful framework for considering a range of distinct but related professional areas. One such profession is dietetics. Registered dietitians work in a broad range of professional settings, including academic, clinical, administrative, hospitality, food service, and consulting. Dietetic practice has traditionally and primarily been informed by advances in understanding of the role nutrients and food play in enhancing health and reducing chronic disease risk. With support from the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the largest credentialing organization for nutrition practitioners, an increasing number of dietetic professionals consider food and agricultural sustainability issues relevant to their training and practice. Longstanding organizational structures, practices, and alliances characterizing the association, however, may limit the extent to which the organization and its members unify around a concept of civic dietetics. Recent developments within the ADA indicating an emergence of civic dietetics. This paper suggests ways the civic agriculture concept may be applied to dietetic practice, and how civic dietetics may help further civic agriculture and sustainable food systems.


Civic dietetics Sustainability Sustainable agriculture Food systems Environment Nutritionist Dietitian 



American Dietetic Association


Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education


Dietetic practice group


Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition


Hunger and Environmental Nutrition


Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Nutritional SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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