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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

Global Snapshot: Why Go Meatless?

Four factsheets present a global snapshot of Meatless Monday and its potential impact on our health, our environment, and our communities. (Overview, Food Safety and Community Health, Health, Environment)

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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. Protein, Part 1—Do We Really Need It?

    This post is the first in a series, Protein—Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Too Afraid to Ask. Stay tuned for the next posts! Does giving up meat mean giving up valuable protein and vitamins? Not necessarily. First, let’s first break down what, exactly, protein is and why it’s important for our health. Protein’s […]
    Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:29:32 +0000
  2. Eating and Cooking in Madrid and Baltimore

    A friend from Madrid will be visiting us in Baltimore next week. He enjoys eating and cooking at home, so I’d like to have a few dishes prepared for the next days. But a few factors, namely my location, the fact that I don’t drive, and my partner being out of town, make me realize […]
    Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:36:58 +0000
  3. Eating Less Meat May Help Your Gut

    In recent years, terms such as gut health and microbiome seem to have just dropped into our vocabulary. Today, poor gut health is often blamed for being overweight, chronic diseases, illnesses, and even our intelligence. Our microbiome—that is, all the microorganisms, including the commensal and pathogenic bacteria in the human body—plays a complicated and important […]
    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:58:17 +0000

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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