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Study Unearths Vibrant Urban Foraging Community in Baltimore

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

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The Link between Meat and Climate Change


CLF goes to COP23 and explores how people are addressing the connection between climate change and meat consumption.

  1. Air Monitoring Legislation May Be Path Forward for Health on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

    “If this industry is truly a good neighbor, they would welcome this monitoring because they have nothing to hide.”
    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:20:23 +0000
  2. Gauging Commitment to Nutrition in Trump’s FDA

    So far, there have been no major reversals of Obama-era nutrition policy in the Republican president’s term. But it’s obvious that the Trump administration until recently has shown little interest in food as a means to improve public health.
    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:45:10 +0000
  3. Who Will Run the Future Farms?

    Will the food system continue to consolidate, with fewer larger farms, staffed by robots, and managed by GPS? Or will a new generation move toward a small-scale, diversified and localized food system?
    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:04:06 +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