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Center for a Livable Future


Food System Policy Program

The Center’s Food System Policy 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.  

The Food System Policy program harnesses available expertise across the Center and throughout Johns Hopkins University and builds upon the many comparative advantages of the university to: provide technical assistance; generate resource materials; develop and implement strategic communication and outreach initiatives; conduct interdisciplinary research; translate science to support policy efforts; convene key food system stakeholders; and engage advocates and policymakers at all levels. In addition, this program collaborates with multiple organizations that complement the Center’s resources and expertise to improve our food system and strengthen local and regional capacity.

In addition to implementing a range of projects initiated directly by the FSP program, program staff also work on food system policies initiated by other program areas. Within the Center this creates synergy on policy priorities and helps strengthen capacity for Center-wide policy engagement by providing direct support and in-house policy expertise for program priorities.

Highlighted Successes

  • The Center has developed the interactive Farm Bill Budget Visualizer tool to help increase understanding about what programs are in the Farm Bill and their relative sizes. The tool also allows users to select Farm Bill programs based on criteria including 22 topic categories, from public health to sustainable agriculture to feed grains for animals.
  • The Center has heightened American Public Health Association involvement in food system issues by increasing membership in APHA's Food and Environment Working Group from fewer than 10 to more than 200 people.

Publications and Reports

Education and Outreach

Testimony and Advocacy