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CLF Launches New Maryland Food System Mapping App

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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. Passing a Tax Credit Bill for Farm Food Donations

    Food unites even the most unconventional of bedfellows. And connecting ideas and people across sectors to resolve problems is sometimes the best, and only, answer. Like so much of the nation, Maryland has a serious hunger crisis. We are thankful to all of the emergency food providers, many of whom who bring much needed resources […]
    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:19:07 +0000
  2. When Replacing Meat, Some Foods Do Less Harm than Others

    If you care about environmental, health, social justice and animal welfare issues, it can be exasperating to navigate the complexities of what to eat. (Assuming that you have that privilege, of course.) Is almond milk actually a better alternative than cows’ milk? Almonds require lots of water to produce, after all, but cows use a […]
    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:52:34 +0000
  3. Maryland Food System Map: Version 2.0 has arrived

    You asked and we listened. During the 2016 evaluation of the Maryland Food System Map, we asked you what new features you would like to see added to the mapping application. Based on your opinions, suggestions, and ideas, the CLF worked with Blue Raster—a consulting firm specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and interactive mapping […]
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:00:03 +0000

Events and Multimedia

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry

The award winning novelist, poet, and farmer premiers the new essay "The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age" (video available)

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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