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The Center has submitted recommendations for improving and securing the U.S. food system to the the new administration.


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Republicans Want Regulations

When it comes to local politics, voters on Maryland’s Eastern Shore want regulations that protect their communities from poultry mega-farms.


  1. Is the food policy pasture greener in New Zealand?

    A failing dairy industry. Streams polluted by animal manure. Consolidated food retail, inadequate slaughter facilities for small- and medium-size producers, the list goes on. Where am I? New Zealand. Yep. Before I stepped foot on the soil, I was cautioned that I should not believe the “cleaner, greener” moniker. I’m not sure if it was […]
    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:35:41 +0000
  2. Maryland Antibiotics Legislation May Have Little Impact

    This post was co-authored by Claire Fitch, Carolyn Hricko, Bob Martin, Keeve Nachman and Jim Yager. The headlines say that the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017 will make all chickens raised in Maryland free of antibiotics. While this sounds promising, the legislation has several deficiencies and will not achieve its sponsors’ intent. A gutted […]
    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:43:35 +0000
  3. Mealworms and Sweeteners: Notes from an Organic Trade Fair

    This post is the second in a series – Letters from the Low Country – about food and agriculture in the Netherlands, written by Laura Genello as she studies organic agriculture at Wageningen University. What does it mean to be organic, and what role does organic agriculture play in a sustainable food system? These are the questions in […]
    Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:31:07 +0000

Events and Multimedia

Wendell Berry

December 8, 2016

Wendell Berry, award winning novelist, poet, and farmer premiers the new essay "The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age"

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Highlighted Resources


FoodSpan Curriculum

This free, downloadable curriculum provides high school students with a deep understanding of critical food system issues, empowers them to make healthy and responsible food choices, and encourages them to become advocates for food system change.



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