Food System Resilience
Climate change, population growth and urbanization threaten urban food systems worldwide. Food systems—and their food processing, distribution and consumption networks—are vulnerable to many threats with both short- and long-term consequences. For example, severe storms can cause power outages, block roads or damage food warehouses and stores. Drought in far-away states or countries can reduce food supply across the globe and raise prices at home.
The CLF’s Food System Resilience Project aims to use research, policy and education to make sure that food systems are resilient— meaning they are strong enough to withstand and recover from such crises. Building more resilient food systems ensures a more continual supply of safe, accessible food.
Click here to read CLF Resilience-related Blogposts.
- Baltimore Food System Resilience Advisory Report (Summary, Full Report)
The CLF and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability partnered to assess the Baltimore food system’s strengths and weaknesses and recommend strategies for protecting the system against threats that would increase food insecurity in both short-term and long-term crises. Report findings are based on interviews with local organizations, residents, food sellers, farmers and other stakeholders in Baltimore’s food system. The City incorporated Report findings into the 2019 update of the Baltimore Sustainability Plan.
- Urban Food Supply Chain Resilience for Crises Threatening Food Security: A Qualitative Study
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2019
Planning for resilient urban food systems: A case study from Baltimore, Maryland.
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems & Community Development, 2018.
Using a trauma-informed policy approach to create a resilient urban food system.
Public Health Nutrition, 2018.
Assessing food system vulnerabilities: A fault tree modeling approach.
BMC Public Health, 2018.
Building Resilient Food Systems for Urban Food Security: Examples from Baltimore City, Maryland.
Urban Agriculture Magazine, 2018.
Outreach & Education
- Food Policy Networks Webinar: “Tackling Resilience through Food Policy Councils” – May 25, 2017
Watch a recording of the webinar and download the slides here.