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A New Priority for Seafood Policy: Advancing Public Health

Study Identifies Opportunities for Aligning Policies on Fisheries & Healthy Diets.

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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 and Climate: What Food Policy Councils Can Do

    Despite the US’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, governors and mayors around the country continue working to mitigate and build resilience to climate change. As both policymakers and the public increasingly recognize the role of food and agriculture in intensifying climate change, many parties seek to address the food-climate connection. Fortunately, local and […]
    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:07:03 +0000
  2. CLF Aquaculture Links: June 2017

    Journalist Rona Kobell takes the pulse of the aquaculture community and dissects conflicting messages from the White House. On one hand, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wants to cut the seafood trade deficit and eliminate barriers for domestic aquaculture, but the proposed federal FY17 and FY18 budgets contain large cuts to aquaculture funding across NOAA and USDA. […]
    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:40 +0000
  3. The Doctor Prescribes Farm Work

    This post is the fifth in a series – Letters from the Low Country – about food and agriculture in the Netherlands, written by Laura Genello as she studies organic agriculture at Wageningen University. My first summer working on a farm 10 years ago was hard: long days of physically demanding work under the sun. […]
    Wed, 31 May 2017 14:20:11 +0000

Events and Multimedia

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