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Food Systems & Climate Change

More than ever, the world needs global collaboration and local action to prevent the catastrophic impacts of climate change on food security and health. The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future recognizes the critical role that the food system plays in both slowing down and adapting to climate change. We support shifts toward plant-rich diets and reduced food waste as critical actions needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food. We also help food systems adapt to climate change by researching food system resilience and providing local governments with planning and policy tools to support food security after disasters.

In addition to the Center for a Livable Future’s work on the connections between food systems and climate change, the Johns Hopkins University explores climate change more broadly as it relates to energy, water and more.

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Climate Change and Food Systems

The Center is involved in climate change conversations and convenings around the world, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties, the Global Climate Action Summit, the EAT Stockholm Food Forum and more.

Food Waste

The CLF Wasted Food Project aims to generate evidence that makes a meaningful contribution to the US and global goal of halving waste of food by 2030.

Food System Resilience

Our Food System Resilience Project aims to use research, policy and education to make sure that food systems can provide safe, nutritious, accessible food despite climate change and other threats.


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Diet, Health & Planetary Boundaries

Exploring connections between diet, land use, soil health, air and water quality, biodiversity, and human health.

Reducing Food Waste

Researching policy, interventions, unintended consequences, food distribution and donation, behavior and more.

Strengthening Food System Resilience

Deploying research, policy and education to help food systems withstand and recover from crises and ensure a supply of safe, accessible food.