The Center for the Study of Standards in Society (formerly the Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards) is an interdisciplinary teaching, research and policy analysis center at Michigan State University. It focuses on the social, economic, political and ethical aspects of grades and standards creation, enforcement and review. It is part of a small but growing international network of scholars and practitioners concerned with these issues.

We are currently transitioning our site from IFAS to CS3, and will be updating content to reflect this change.

Featured Research

Third Party Certification

This project addresses the scientific and ethical dimensions of Third Party Certification (3PC) of standardized agricultural processes and products in a scientifically dynamic and socially contested global agrifood system.

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Agrifood Nanotechnology

Agrifood Nanotechnology

What will nanotechnology mean for agriculture? And what can agriculture teach nanotechnology?

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Featured Outreach

TSPN: Standards, South-South Trade & Opportunities for Advancing the Sustainability Agenda

The annual conference of the Trade Standards Practitioners Network (TSPN) is approaching! Do not miss the opportunity to meet and interact with colleagues from around the world.

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