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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. Foodways and Food Insecurity in India

    My host mother Smita, whose name means “ever smiling lady,” is handsome with an infectious smile, and she stands amidst the shining metal tins and fragrant spices of her Ahmedabad apartment kitchen rolling out thepla, a Gujarati flatbread. Heating the wide, flat tava pan, she sprinkles ghee, clarified butter, over the pan, reminding me that […]
    Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:00:57 +0000
  2. How Goats Saved the Family Farm

    On a blistering afternoon in June, I set up my tent in a sloping pasture and looked out across the hills—golden brown fields of grains, and wildflowers lining the dusty road. In defiance of my hay fever, I would be spending the next 10 days camping on a 57-acre pasture-based goat dairy in Belgium, as […]
    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:22:41 +0000
  3. Keeping Food Local in Tanzania

    A puff of red dirt stained my foot as I jumped over the deep crevice gouged into the clay road, hurrying to keep up with the bustling form of Fatuma, my host mother. The horizon was suddenly obscured by a mass of tarpaulin sheeting and towers of tomatoes as Fatuma led me into the heart […]
    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:53:02 +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