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Center for a Livable Future

Highlights from the talks given by our five storytellers, April 28, 2016.
“Building a more healthy, equitable, and resilient food system is not only a lifetime’s mission, but also one that requires more than one or even two generations to attain.” Read More
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pigmeatless monday

Effort to Ban Meatless Monday Ignores Science

Observing Meatless Monday in DoD dining facilities could improve the health of our soldiers and reduce food costs.

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rice paddies

Rice Paddies in … Vermont?

Most rice strains are extremely sensitive to cold. But Andrus and other rice growers in the state have been buoyed by the knowledge that farmers in Poland, northeastern China, and northern Japan, do successfully grow rice.

  1. “Meating” Local Demand

    Memorial Day weekend—a time to gather with friends and family, honor those who died while serving in the military, and celebrate the warmer summer months to come. And for many, it’s a time to clean off and fire up the old grill. As the holiday weekend approaches, you may find yourself thinking about where to […]
    Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:22 +0000
  2. Within Reason: Getting the Most from Urban Ag

    My teenaged daughter just asked me when our yard was going to look “nice” again. Inch by inch, I’ve been removing grass and replacing it with clover, herbs, milkweeds and some plants that I refer to, mostly ironically, as crops. She dislikes the rows of composting sod, the dying grass, and the soggy trenches that […]
    Wed, 25 May 2016 15:00:22 +0000
  3. CLF Aquaculture Links: May 2016

    Larger oyster farms may be coming soon to the Chesapeake Bay, as the Army Corps of Engineers aims to overhaul the permitting process. That’s a good thing for aquaculturists, local halfshell lovers, and the environment, because oysters are filter feeders that clean up the Bay. Read more at the Bay Journal. In more Chesapeake Bay […]
    Wed, 25 May 2016 13:30:39 +0000

Events and Multimedia

Michael Twitty

Watch Michael Twitty's Video

“The most painful truth about food and slavery is that the whole point was to extract the most amount of labor out of the black body using the least amount of calories.”

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Highlighted Resources

Food System textbook

Introduction to the US Food System: Public Health, Environment, and Equity

This textbook provides an overview of the US food system, with particular focus on the food system’s interrelationships with public health, the environment, equity, and society.


Our work is driven by the concept that public health, diet, food production and the environment are deeply interrelated and that understanding these relationships is crucial in pursuing a livable future.

Program areas

Food System Policy Program

The Center’s Food System Policy (FSP) program includes a diverse portfolio of projects and activities that aim to advance federal, state and local agriculture and food policies that protect the public’s health and the environment by supporting a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. Read More>>

Food Policy and Public Health

Food Production

At a time of unprecedented levels of food production, little about the industrial food production model is critically analyzed to reveal its hidden or externalized costs and unintended negative effects. Many of today’s industrial agriculture practices profoundly damage our soil, air, water, and ecosystem. Read More>>

Food Production and Public Health

Food Communities

The Center’s Food Communities and Public Health (FCPH) program focuses on developing relationships with communities to improve food environments, increase access to healthy food, and inform food and nutrition policy. Read More>>

Food Communities and Public Health

Food System Sustainability

Our long-term food security is under increasing stress. A convergence of issues—climate change, resource depletion, dysfunctional farm policies, and loss of biodiversity, among them—now threaten the availability of healthy food for an ever-increasing population. Read More>>

Food System Sustainability and Public Health