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Center for a Livable Future



As an interdisciplinary center of the Johns Hopkins University, the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) helps to fulfill the University’s mission of providing education and academic training. The Center does this through coursework and practica, a certificate program, an MPH concentration, CLF-Lerner Fellowships, networking opportunities and mentorship of students and professionals focused on the intersection of food sys­tems and public health.

The Food System Lab at the Cylburn Arboretum engages visitors, particularly youth, on issues related to the sustainability of our food system and provides JHU students with experiential learning opportunities to supplement their academic coursework. 

The Center fosters the integration of food systems studies into secondary and post-secondary education through the development and marketing of curricula for high school classrooms, a textbook on food systems and public health, and free access to lecture materials. 

Beyond the traditional classroom, our center raises awareness about food systems issues by teaching a free online course through the School’s partnership with Coursera and provides targeted training to food policy leaders and advocates via webinars, onsite and online trainings.


U.S.Food System

Textbook on US Food System, Edited by CLF Faculty

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. Through eighteen chapters and seventy-four focus and perspective boxes, authored altogether by one hundred and six food system experts, this book brings together information and perspectives reflecting the breadth of issues and ideas important to understanding today’s US food system and to shaping its future. Read More>>