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CLF-Lerner Fellows Announced
Fellowship to support doctoral students committed to exploring the public health challenges associated with the food system.
Free easy-to-use, standards-aligned, 17-lesson food system curriculum for teachers.
Highlights from the talks given by our five storytellers, April 28, 2016.
CLF's urban teaching farm offers tours and field trip programs.
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News and Announcements

pigDr. Jim Yager

James D. Yager, PhD, Named Acting Director of CLF

Dr. James D. Yager, PhD, Professor with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, has been appointed acting director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF).

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Madrid market

Madrid v Baltimore: Food Environments

What happens when a Baltimore resident tries to cook a meal fit for a madrileño friend? Usama Bilal explores the food environments in both cities.


  1. CLF Aquaculture Links: October 2016

    The National Organic Program is reviewing whether food crops grown in soilless hydroponic and aquaponic systems should be considered for certification and labeling as USDA Organic. If you would like to submit a public comment, the written deadline is October 26th, oral comments via webinar can be made November 3rd, and in-person comments can be […]
    Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:00:58 +0000
  2. Climate Is Changing – So Should Food and Agriculture

    On October 16, 1945, the United Nations created the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the goal of freeing humanity from hunger and malnutrition and effectively managing the global food system. World Food Day celebrates that event, and last September at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 193 countries together pledged to end hunger in […]
    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:57:37 +0000
  3. Nepal and Nutrition: Bringing More to the Table

    This blogpost was co-authored by Elena Broaddus & Swetha Manohar. In countries like Nepal millions of people rely on subsistence agriculture for the vast majority of their food. Naturally, low-income nations, like Nepal, face complex nutrition challenges. Is it possible to address these challenges from a food systems perspective? Doing that requires understanding the links […]
    Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:00:36 +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