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Friends, I am launching a project seeking out the best examples of intergenerational food projects. This could be anything having to do with growing, production, processing, distribution, retail, preparation, or consumption. Watch this space for more information.
"Poor people in this country, and black people and brown people...experience food apartheid...We start by changing the language of what we call the problem... We don't have a problem with food deserts in this city. We have a problem with food apartheid."

The Public Health Film Society in collaboration with Center for a Livable Future & SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center) at JHU would like to invite you to a screening of Baltimore's Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid and the Struggle for Sovereignty

This is a documentary produced by the Black Yield Institute and directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. The film explores the intersections of food, land, race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. The film journeys through the historical woes and triumphs of people of African Descent within the food system, while highlighting contemporary efforts to address the complex nature of food apartheid in Baltimore.

Please RSVP at
https://strangefruit_at_jhu.eventbrite.com

Check out the trailer at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR2c8nqX-A0
great works ....Currently I am customising international cuisines to retain more nutrients changing a bit from the selection of ingredients to garnishing ....
Important Action:

Congress is Preparing A Gift for Factory Farm Polluters &

We Need Your Help to Stop It

Dear Community Leader:

We have news of a bad bill moving in the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Environment. Though the bill is environmental in substance, the overall impact of the bill is an attack on access to the courts for rural communities. Specifically, it takes away your right to protect your family and farm animals’ drinking water from factory farm pollution.

The members of Congress pushing this bill are saying that this is an effort to “protect farmers” when what it really is, is an effort to shield agribusiness from being held accountable for pollution, and strip the power from the people impacted by bad practices.

On Thursday November 9th, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment will hold a hearing on the discussion draft of the so-called "Farm Regulatory Certainty Act." This proposal seeks to carve rural communities out of federal protections if they are harmed by toxic waste from agricultural operations. Waste generation, storage and disposal from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have endangered human health, farm animals, and the environment by contaminating groundwater aquifers, releasing pathogenic bacteria into drinking water and recreational waters, and fouling drinking water supplies of communities who are disproportionately reliant on private wells.

ACTION NEEDED: We need you to sign on as many rural people, farmers and ranchers to this letter as possible, demonstrating that this effort by Congress will harm rural people. Deadline to sign-on is Tuesday November 7th

The below House members are on the Committee hearing the bill. If you live in any of the below states, Please call the below Congress members and tell them that you vehemently oppose the bill and ask them to do the same. You can reach their office, by calling the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Bill Johnson (R): Ohio

Richard Hudson (R): North Carolina

Kevin Cramer (R): North Dakota

Tim Walberg (R): Michigan

Buddy Carter (R): Georgia

Greg Walden (R): Oregon

Raul Ruiz, Jerry McNerney, Doris Matsui, Tony Cardenas, and Scott Peters (D): California

Gene Green (D): Texas

Diana Degette (D): Colorado

Debbie Dingell (D): Michigan

Frank Pallone (D): New Jersey

The right of rural communities to protect their health and environment must be protected. Please join us in opposing this unacceptable attack. See below to review the text of the letter, or click here to sign on: https://goo.gl/forms/m3ZQdwtDxDa40e2F3

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
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Salem, OR 97301
The 3rd Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit is being hosted in Arlington this October 5th and 6th. (Previous summits were held in Lynchburg and Richmond). We are looking forward to presenting urban agriculture from a Northern Virginia perspective -- join us as an attendee, as a participant in a poster or popcorn presentation! This is the Call for Proposals..due 31 July

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future investigates the intersection of food systems and public health.

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07/21/2021

Join us in Kansas City on Sept. 20-22 for the 1st-ever national gathering of #foodpolicy councils! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS ON FRIDAY. More info: https://www.foodpolicynetworks.org/events/the-power-of-food/index.html #PowerofFoodForum

Join us in Kansas City on Sept. 20-22 for the 1st-ever national gathering of #foodpolicy councils! EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS ON FRIDAY. More info: https://www.foodpolicynetworks.org/events/the-power-of-food/index.html #PowerofFoodForum

07/20/2021

Register now for the 1st-ever national gathering of food policy councils! Get $50 off your ticket to the Power of Food Forum by registering before July 23! https://cvent.me/yq3QKP

Register now for the 1st-ever national gathering of food policy councils! Get $50 off your ticket to the Power of Food Forum by registering before July 23! https://cvent.me/yq3QKP

Why Jane Goodall Still Has Hope for Us Humans 07/19/2021

Why Jane Goodall Still Has Hope for Us Humans

Jane Goodall expresses a philosophy central to Meatless Monday in this New York Times article:

"I would never approach people about the crisis of the billions of animals in the factory farms and say you’ve got to be vegan. People have to change gradually. If you eat meat one less day a week, that’s the beginning."

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/07/12/magazine/jane-goodall-interview.html

Why Jane Goodall Still Has Hope for Us Humans “Traveling the world I’d see so many projects of restoration, people tackling what seemed impossible and not giving up.”

07/13/2021

Senator Booker and Representative Khanna reintroduced legislation today that would impose a moratorium on new large-scale CAFOs, place limitations on “Made in the U.S.A.” labeling, and add amendments to the Packers and Stockyards Act.

A recent CLF poll found that +80% of US voters are concerned about air and water pollution, worker safety, and health problems caused by CAFOs: https://clf.jhsph.edu/node/707/

Senator Booker and Representative Khanna reintroduced legislation today that would impose a moratorium on new large-scale CAFOs, place limitations on “Made in the U.S.A.” labeling, and add amendments to the Packers and Stockyards Act.

A recent CLF poll found that +80% of US voters are concerned about air and water pollution, worker safety, and health problems caused by CAFOs: https://clf.jhsph.edu/node/707/

07/13/2021

Join CLF's Food Policy Networks team in Kansas City on September 20-22 for the 1st-ever national gathering of food policy councils! Register for the Power of Food Forum before July 23 to get an early bird discount! https://cvent.me/yq3QKP

Join CLF's Food Policy Networks team in Kansas City on September 20-22 for the 1st-ever national gathering of food policy councils! Register for the Power of Food Forum before July 23 to get an early bird discount! https://cvent.me/yq3QKP

The tumultuous year of the fish 07/07/2021

The tumultuous year of the fish

Great read highlighting recent research from CLF's Seafood, Public Health & Food Systems Project examining the impact of COVID-19 on seafood supply chains: https://hub.jhu.edu/magazine/2021/summer/clf-seafood-covid-19/

The tumultuous year of the fish New research examines the jolt to the seafood supply chain caused by COVID-19—and how we might build resilience in the future

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Longstanding Health Risks Facing US Farmworkers 06/30/2021

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Longstanding Health Risks Facing US Farmworkers

Extreme temperatures in Yakima Valley and across the region are putting the health of farmworkers at risk. Farmworkers die from heat-related illness at a rate 20x that of all civilian workers in the US—and with climate change, fields are only getting hotter.

Recent reports from CLF and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School expose a dire lack of policies protecting farmworkers from heat stress and related health impacts. They call on policymakers to create enforceable standards addressing acclimatization, temperature, proximity to shade and water, and more frequent breaks. Read more at:
https://clf.jhsph.edu/about-us/news/news-2021/covid-19-pandemic-highlights-longstanding-health-risks-facing-us and
vermontlaw.edu/essentially-unprotected

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Longstanding Health Risks Facing US Farmworkers Publication

06/29/2021

Interested in going to the Power of Food Forum, but could use help with the cost of registration & lodging? Fill out this form by July 2, 2021 to apply for a scholarship: https://jhsph.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_diHdbGUmNCTxTpQ

Interested in going to the Power of Food Forum, but could use help with the cost of registration & lodging? Fill out this form by July 2, 2021 to apply for a scholarship: https://jhsph.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_diHdbGUmNCTxTpQ

Food Systems | ChangeLab Solutions 06/25/2021

Food Systems | ChangeLab Solutions

On Monday CLF's Karen Bassarab will be speaking on a panel hosted by ChangeLab Solutions, "Policy Solutions for a Values-Based Food System." They will discuss how the intersectionality of food systems affects community health and action steps to operationalize the values of racial equity and a valued workforce in food system policy. Check out this link for more information and to register:

https://www.changelabsolutions.org/product/food-systems

Food Systems | ChangeLab Solutions Episode 5: Policy Solutions for a Values-Based Food System

Antibiotic-Free Labeling | A Greener World 06/23/2021

Antibiotic-Free Labeling | A Greener World

Informative read from CLF's Bob Martin about antibiotic-free labeling:

Antibiotic-Free Labeling | A Greener World In the mid-1970s, the medical community began looking at ways to limit antibiotic use in response to concerns about rising antibiotic-resistant infections in th

As the Climate Emergency Grows, Farmworkers Lack Protection from Deadly Heat 06/22/2021

As the Climate Emergency Grows, Farmworkers Lack Protection from Deadly Heat

Important reporting from Civil Eats about health risks faced by farmworkers on the front lines of climate change. The article highlights findings from recent reports by CLF and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School:

As the Climate Emergency Grows, Farmworkers Lack Protection from Deadly Heat Two new reports draw attention to the scant laws safeguarding farm workers’ health, including from worsening extreme heat.

A new tome offers a road map for sustainable food production policies 06/21/2021

A new tome offers a road map for sustainable food production policies

Check out this great Science review of the new book, “The Economics of Sustainable Food,” highlighting the chapter “Greening food demand in less-advanced economies” that CLF's Martin Bloem co-authored w/ Divya Mehra, Saskia de P*e, and Jess Fanzo:

A new tome offers a road map for sustainable food production policies In The Economics of Sustainable Food, editor Nicoletta Batini, a leading expert in designing macroeconomic strategies to deal with issues at the nexus of climate change and public health, argues that macroeconomic policy has largely overlooked food systems—a perplexing oversight, given that the ag...

06/15/2021

A recent CLF report examining potential metal contamination risks on Baltimore’s urban farms found no reason for concern at the vast majority of growing sites.

Lead author Raychel Santo said: “Urban growers in Baltimore care deeply about the health of their communities, and we’ve received many questions from them about the safety of urban soils and urban-grown produce. The good news is—it’s safe to grow food in Baltimore. We hope that this report can help farmers and gardeners make healthy choices about where and how they grow food in the city.” Learn more: https://clf.jhsph.edu/about-us/news/report-analysis-baltimore-citys-urban-farms-and-gardens-finds-safe-levels

A recent CLF report examining potential metal contamination risks on Baltimore’s urban farms found no reason for concern at the vast majority of growing sites.

Lead author Raychel Santo said: “Urban growers in Baltimore care deeply about the health of their communities, and we’ve received many questions from them about the safety of urban soils and urban-grown produce. The good news is—it’s safe to grow food in Baltimore. We hope that this report can help farmers and gardeners make healthy choices about where and how they grow food in the city.” Learn more: https://clf.jhsph.edu/about-us/news/report-analysis-baltimore-citys-urban-farms-and-gardens-finds-safe-levels

06/14/2021

On June 28th, CLF's Karen Bassarab will be speaking on a panel hosted by ChangeLab Solutions, "Policy Solutions for a Values-Based Food System." They will discuss how the intersectionality of food systems affects community health and action steps to operationalize the values of racial equity and a valued workforce in food system policy. Check out this link for more information and to register:
https://changelabsolutions.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MRRSqHuASke_IrLKavMCPA

On June 28th, CLF's Karen Bassarab will be speaking on a panel hosted by ChangeLab Solutions, "Policy Solutions for a Values-Based Food System." They will discuss how the intersectionality of food systems affects community health and action steps to operationalize the values of racial equity and a valued workforce in food system policy. Check out this link for more information and to register:
https://changelabsolutions.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MRRSqHuASke_IrLKavMCPA

06/11/2021

Join CLF's Food Policy Networks project for the first-ever national forum dedicated to food policy councils!

The Power of Food Forum will provide a space to explore methods for power-sharing and strategize about policy solutions. Learn more at this link: http://www.foodpolicynetworks.org/events/the-power-of-food

Join CLF's Food Policy Networks project for the first-ever national forum dedicated to food policy councils!

The Power of Food Forum will provide a space to explore methods for power-sharing and strategize about policy solutions. Learn more at this link: http://www.foodpolicynetworks.org/events/the-power-of-food

Study of Baltimore's urban farms and gardens finds safe levels of metals at majority of sites 06/08/2021

Study of Baltimore's urban farms and gardens finds safe levels of metals at majority of sites

"The results of the Safe Urban Harvests Study and this report are encouraging for farmers and gardeners, and for people eating urban-grown food in Baltimore." —Keeve Nachman

Study of Baltimore's urban farms and gardens finds safe levels of metals at majority of sites Urban-grown produce was found to have levels of metals comparable to samples from grocery chains and famers markets, suggesting they are as safe to consume as store- and market-bought produce

The Diet-Climate Connection | CWS 06/07/2021

The Diet-Climate Connection | CWS

Great read by CLF's Daphene Altema-Johnson, Becky Ramsing, and CWS colleagues about how initiatives like Meatless Monday can help support the health of both people and the planet!

The Diet-Climate Connection | CWS This is a guest blog co-authored by CWS and the Center for a Livable Future.  One of the least-discussed aspects of the global climate crisis is how our food system contributes to climate change and environmental damage. Growing, producing and transporting food, particularly animals, contribute nea...

Safe Urban Harvests Study: Overview of Results 06/04/2021

Safe Urban Harvests Study: Overview of Results

A new CLF report that examined soil, water, and produce from urban farms and gardens in Baltimore City found low levels of lead and other metals that posed no reason for concern at the majority of growing sites. Check out this video to learn more:

Safe Urban Harvests Study: Overview of Results The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future’s Safe Urban Harvests study investigated potential metal contamination risks faced by people who grow and eat f...

06/03/2021

A new CLF report examining potential metal contamination risks on Baltimore’s urban farms and community gardens found no reason for concern at the vast majority of growing sites. Learn more at this link: https://clf.jhsph.edu/about-us/news/news-2021/report-analysis-baltimore-citys-urban-farms-and-gardens-finds-safe-levels

A new CLF report examining potential metal contamination risks on Baltimore’s urban farms and community gardens found no reason for concern at the vast majority of growing sites. Learn more at this link: https://clf.jhsph.edu/about-us/news/news-2021/report-analysis-baltimore-citys-urban-farms-and-gardens-finds-safe-levels

Pesticide laws fail to protect the most vulnerable people in agriculture: children 06/01/2021

Pesticide laws fail to protect the most vulnerable people in agriculture: children

Important article on the need for urgent action to protect farmworkers from exposures to pesticides, highlighting findings from recent reports by CLF and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School:

Pesticide laws fail to protect the most vulnerable people in agriculture: children Two new studies highlight the hazardous conditions inherent in farm work, and show the weakness in standards meant to protect kids from developmental disorders and disease.

05/26/2021

CLF’s Maryland Food System Map has released their spring data update! Check out new data on farm conservation and preservation practices by county: https://mdfoodsystemmap.org/

CLF’s Maryland Food System Map has released their spring data update! Check out new data on farm conservation and preservation practices by county: https://mdfoodsystemmap.org/

05/25/2021

Congratulations to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Class of 2021!

We want to give a special shout-out to our graduating CLF-Lerner Fellows; Research Assistants; and Certificate, Concentration, and Practicum Students. Thank you for inspiring us with your determination, resilience, and commitment to building a more sustainable and equitable food system! #JHU2021

Congratulations to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Class of 2021!

We want to give a special shout-out to our graduating CLF-Lerner Fellows; Research Assistants; and Certificate, Concentration, and Practicum Students. Thank you for inspiring us with your determination, resilience, and commitment to building a more sustainable and equitable food system! #JHU2021

Fewer drug-resistant microbes found in organic meat 05/20/2021

Fewer drug-resistant microbes found in organic meat

CLF's Keeve Nachman was quoted in this Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) article on a recent study examining antibiotic-resistant bacterial contamination in retail meat:

Fewer drug-resistant microbes found in organic meat The rate of multidrug-resistant organisms in organic meat was more than 50% lower than in conventional.

Photos from Center for a Livable Future's post 05/19/2021

The art by Elias Vargas on the cover of our farmworker health report represents the essential and skilled work that farmworkers provide to cultivate fresh foods for our tables. It is meant as a visual reminder that all farmworkers deserve respect, legal protections, and fair wages. Elias (@eliasvargas_art on Instagram) lives in San Diego, CA and works as an educator and an artist. Here is a reflection from him about the painting:

“I was very honored to have been part of this project, from the concept and design to the actual painting of it on canvas. Farmworkers are such an essential element of our society, and often not given the credit or compensation they deserve. As I was painting each section, I would constantly reflect and think about their hard work and sacrifices and I just felt so humbled to try and capture some of their work through this piece of art. The advocacy work will never stop and when we sit down to eat and give thanks - well, that thanks needs to be for our farmworkers!”

Farmworker health and climate change 05/17/2021

Farmworker health and climate change

"Our food system, agricultural communities & collective well-being will be more resilient in the face of climate change when workers receive the rights, protections & compensation they have fought for & deserve." —Sarah Goldman (The Hill)

Farmworker health and climate change Now that policymakers have acknowledged how “essential” farmworkers are, what will they do to protect these workers in the face of a warming planet and increased risk at work?

Stronger protections needed for farmworkers as pandemic stretches into second year, argue researchers | Food and Environment Reporting Network 05/14/2021

Stronger protections needed for farmworkers as pandemic stretches into second year, argue researchers | Food and Environment Reporting Network

CLF's Sarah Goldman was quoted in this Food & Environment Reporting Network article about her recent research on health risks faced by farmworkers in the US:

Stronger protections needed for farmworkers as pandemic stretches into second year, argue researchers | Food and Environment Reporting Network Farmworkers face serious occupational risks that the pandemic has only exacerbated, and better policies are needed to protect them from exposure to heat, chemicals, and Covid-19, say two new related…

Meet the workers who put food on America’s tables – but can’t afford groceries 05/13/2021

Meet the workers who put food on America’s tables – but can’t afford groceries

Important reporting by The Guardian, citing CLF research on food insecurity and other critical health risks faced by farmworkers in the US:

Meet the workers who put food on America’s tables – but can’t afford groceries Undocumented immigrants are doing the backbreaking farm work that keeps the US food system running but struggle to feed their families

Organic Meat Less Likely To Be Contaminated with Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Suggests 05/12/2021

Organic Meat Less Likely To Be Contaminated with Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Suggests

A new study from CLF-Lerner Fellow Gabriel Innes, Meghan Davis, Keeve Nachman, and colleagues found that USDA certified organic meat is less likely to be contaminated with multidrug-resistant bacteria than conventionally produced meat. Learn more at this link:

Organic Meat Less Likely To Be Contaminated with Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Suggests Meat that is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is less likely to be contaminated with bacteria that can sicken people, including dangerous, multidrug-resistant organisms, compare

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