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Free High School Food System Curriculum

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) has launched an easy-to-use, standards-aligned, 17-lesson food system curriculum for teachers.

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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. China’s Changing Diet: How to Turn the Tide

    Part 1 and Part 2 of the China’s Changing Diet blog series portrayed how individual and systematic changes impact health and the global environment. Reversing trends takes time, but throughout history, the collective actions of committed individuals have had far-reaching impacts. In this section, we will discuss some changes already happening in China discuss simple […]
    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:00:59 +0000
  2. China’s Changing Diet: Environment and Health Impacts

    In Part 1 of the China’s Changing Diet blog series, we provided an overview of the recent shifts in how Chinese citizens eat and live as a result of economic growth, urbanization and food availability. In the following section, we will discuss the local and global impacts of these shifts and how Chinese health experts have […]
    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:21:32 +0000
  3. China’s Changing Diet: Meat and Dairy on the Rise

    Reflections on China’s Changing Diet: Local impacts, global implications, and promising solutions.  China is eating differently, and it matters—a lot! China’s sheer size and growth mean that even small changes in diet and lifestyle patterns have large impacts in terms of public health, food safety and the environment. In this first blogpost, we summarize how and […]
    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:14:06 +0000

Events and Multimedia

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