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pigUrban Forging

Study Unearths Vibrant Urban Foraging Community in Baltimore

New Research Offers Fresh Insights on Local Foraging Practices and Wild Foods.

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Who Will Run the Future Farms?


Our Netherlands correspondent tells us that farmers know they have to do something different if they are going to survive.

  1. Enlightenment in the Food System Lab

    Kenai is an urban gardener who seeds vegetables, tends compost, gives tours to students and implements food system lessons.
    Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:41:16 +0000
  2. Joyce Smith, 1952 – 2018

    The Baltimore food community will deeply miss one of its most passionate members, Joyce Smith, who died recently of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 66. She was known and loved by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) for all of her work on behalf of her community, […]
    Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:59:29 +0000
  3. What Do We Do with All This Poop?

    The question of poop management currently under debate falls under the working lands conservation program called the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
    Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:00:34 +0000

Events and Multimedia

Fred Krischenman

Sustainable Ag Expert Fred Kirschenmann: Our Soil, Ourselves

Kirschenmann offers his vision of how we might face the future with respect to shifts and trends in land use, agriculture and food.

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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