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Blueprint for Baltimore Food System Resilience

CLF Researchers Partner with Baltimore City to Strengthen Food Security, Emergency Preparedness.

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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. Food Solutions to Climate Change

    Originally published on Local Food Northland. Wow. Who would have thought that there are so many ways that we can reverse climate change. The Drawdown project, led by Paul Hawken is a game changer.  His project team details 80 ways we can take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. Drawdown is the point where globally we start […]
    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:30:58 +0000
  2. Eating in Italy: Facts and Fiction

    On every street corner, small cafes with standing-height countertops serve cappuccino, espresso, thick, pudding-like hot chocolate and more to hundreds of commuting Italians. Each morning, as I joined the crush of commuters on Turin’s underground tube station, I looked forward to that first sip of frothy coffee-milk. The accessibility and abundance of coffee on every […]
    Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:30:34 +0000
  3. Building Resilient Food Systems: Lessons Learned from Baltimore

    Last summer, I returned home from vacation to find a deck full of scorched plants—apparently they just couldn’t take the heat during Baltimore’s hottest week of the summer. Or so it seemed. A week later, with some careful nurturing, my withered tomatoes and basil returned to their tender, tasty selves. Despite the beating they took […]
    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:30:18 +0000

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Baltimore's Food Landscape

Digging Into Baltimore’s Food Landscape


“Baltimore’s Food Landscape: An Ecology of Plants, People and Policy,” held at Cylburn Arboretum and sponsored by the CLF Polly Walker Ecology Fund on June 13, 2017.

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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