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Seafood & the Food System

Seafood plays a centrally important role in our food system and affects topics ranging from food security and nutritional status to increasing demand for crops to feed farmed fish and shrimp. Wild seafood is a critical resource facing multiple challenges, including overfishing, waste, changing ocean conditions caused by climate change, and environmental pollution. Aquaculture, or farmed seafood, provides over half of the seafood eaten globally, and while some production methods are highly sustainable, others are not and are associated with public health risks. At CLF, we explore the complex relationships involving wild and farmed seafood supply chains and their global implications for public health, our environment and depletion of natural resources. 

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Food Animal Production

Applying a public health lens to the impacts of animal production methods on rural communities, consumers, ecosystems, and animal welfare.

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.