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Center for a Livable Future

Free easy-to-use, standards-aligned, 17-lesson food system curriculum for teachers.
CLF-Lerner Fellows Announced
Fellowship to support doctoral students committed to exploring the public health challenges associated with the food system.
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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Wendell Berry’s Still Beautiful World

Celebrating CLF’s 20th anniversary, Wendell Berry had a public conversation with Eric Schlosser about hope, change, farming, love, his writing influences and more.

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Our Beef with Climate Change Negotiations

Climate talks are ignoring a large part of the greenhouse gas emissions puzzle: meat production.


  1. Republican Maryland Favors Regulations for Poultry Industry

    Last month, every county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore voted red, choosing the Republican presidential candidate by safe margins. In Worcester County, votes for the Republican candidate nearly doubled those for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But do voters in these four counties—Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester—really want, as promised by the Republican candidate, an end to […]
    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:30:12 +0000
  2. Policy in Action: Bringing a Grocery Store to East Baltimore

    Have you ever considered getting up before dawn to stand in line for a new grocery store? Residents in East Baltimore did just that on November 3, 2016, to welcome the Save a Lot opening at 2509 East Monument Street. The line to enter the store extended down the block and around the corner well […]
    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:15:36 +0000
  3. A Red State Rejects the Right to Farm

    Something interesting happened in Oklahoma. On November 8, this state, typically associated with a rural, farming and ranching way of life, did as expected: the majority of Oklahomans (65 percent) voted for the Republican presidential candidate and all seven of the state’s electoral votes went red. But something a little unusual happened, too. That same […]
    Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:49:13 +0000

Events and Multimedia

Wendell Berry

December 8, 2016

Wendell Berry, award winning novelist, poet, and farmer premiers the new essay "The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age"

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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