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Global Food Expert to Lead the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Martin W. Bloem, MD, PhD, a leading expert in global food and nutrition research and policy, has been named director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Republicans Want Regulations

When it comes to local politics, voters on Maryland’s Eastern Shore want regulations that protect their communities from poultry mega-farms.


  1. CLF Aquaculture News: October 2017

    A massive farmed Atlantic salmon escape occurred last month in Washington State at a farm owned by Cooke Aquaculture.
    Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:26:10 +0000
  2. Wartime Rationing, Food Supply and Meatless Campaigns

    Today is World Food Day, a day of action dedicated to achieving Zero Hunger worldwide. So it seems especially appropriate today to consider the predictions concerning the rising population, which may reach 11.2 billion by 2100. A common concern associated with more people on the planet is food production and access. How will we produce […]
    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:58 +0000
  3. An Allotment Garden Oasis in Holland

    This post is the eighth in a series – Letters from the Low Country – about food and agriculture in the Netherlands, written by Laura Genello as she studies organic agriculture at Wageningen University. What would you do with a thousand square foot garden? It’s a sunny day in the early fall when Lennart and […]
    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:36:10 +0000

Events and Multimedia

Food Frontier

‘Food Frontiers’

The documentary Food Frontiers – co-produced by the Center for a Livable Future’s Leo Horrigan and Mike Milli – was a finalist for the Jury Favorite Documentary award at the 15th annual Riverside International Film Festival in Riverside, CA.

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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