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Wendell Berry’s Still Beautiful World

Celebrating CLF’s 20th anniversary, Wendell Berry had a public conversation with Eric Schlosser about hope, change, farming, love, his writing influences and more.

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Our Beef with Climate Change Negotiations

Climate talks are ignoring a large part of the greenhouse gas emissions puzzle: meat production.


  1. CLF Aquaculture Links: January 2017

    Recirculating aquaculture is expanding in many parts of the United States and the stories below give a taste of where, how, and why this growth is taking place. In Iowa, a third-generation farming family stopped raising pigs commercially due to low market prices and converted their barn to raise barramundi, a high-value fish that has […]
    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:48:36 +0000
  2. Inviting Arts and Creativity into Food Policy Councils

    A better title for this post might be “More Bubbles, Less PowerPoint,” because that was my greatest takeaway from the conference I attended in Minneapolis and Red Wing, Minnesota, in late November/early December. To that point— Bing! As I hurried to catch the elevator, Melvin held the door and greeted me with an electric smile. […]
    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:52:11 +0000
  3. Maryland Legislators Dodge Questions about Poultry Industry

    “I consider myself an environmentalist, but also our job is to provide jobs for people… And unfortunately for your interests, the chicken farming industry provides a lot of jobs on the Eastern Shore.” This was the response from Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D–27) when asked if he would support legislation to halt […]
    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:26:36 +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