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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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Vacant Lots to Vibrant Plots: A Review of the Benefits and Limitations of Urban Agriculture

Johns Hopkins report examines the benefits and limitations to growth of agriculture in the urban 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. Ruffled Feathers at Wicomico County Town Hall

    It was 9:30 at night. The 100 or so people attending the Poultry Town Hall Meeting had been listening to a panel of speakers for two and a half hours, and the staff was ready to close up for the night. But the Q&A session would not wind down, and the Wicomico County Council President […]
    Tue, 24 May 2016 13:30:22 +0000
  2. Edible Insects: Ethics, Efficiency, and the Vegan Dilemma

    I cringed a bit as Andy Holcroft, head chef at Grub Kitchen (the UK’s first edible insect restaurant), described his first attempt at preparing food with insects. He had tried to make a dip out of mealworms, but ended up with a blender full of unpalatable gray slime. He realized at that moment that cooking […]
    Mon, 23 May 2016 13:30:10 +0000
  3. Stuck in the middle with you: Peri-urban areas and the food system

    Peri-urban areas are an inherently difficult concept to define: they are neither totally rural, nor are they fully urban. They are associated with sprawl and with suburban development. While definitions and theories vary, most agree that peri-urban areas are dynamic transition zones between the city and countryside, display diverse land uses and uneven development, and […]
    Mon, 16 May 2016 15:11:48 +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