America's industrialized food system threatens the health of our families, our communities, and the planet.

To fix this, NRDC is working in alignment with community partners to rebuild strong regional food systems. In New Mexico, we’re supporting a community-led campaign to get locally grown, affordable food into discount retail chains—supporting local farmers and building community wealth. In North Carolina, we are partnering with fenceline communities to hold factory farms accountable for air and water pollution. In New York, as part of the Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative, we are addressing the unmet legal service needs of mission-driven farmers, food and beverage entrepreneurs, and nonprofits. We're collaborating with school districts—including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago—to make cafeteria meals healthier for students and the environment. And across the country, we are working in coalition to advance laws and policies to move towards a healthy, equitable, sustainable and resilient food system.

What You Can Do

How one woman is making local produce more accessible

In her long history as a community organizer and environmental justice activist, Helga Garza has advocated for clean water and nontoxic toys. Her current mission: making fresh, local produce accessible.

Attention Food Lovers: Eco-Conscious Eating Isn’t All About Distance

Getting a Better School Lunch

Grow Your Community Garden by Getting to Know Your Neighbors' Needs

These Farmer-Activists Are Fixing Our Racist and Unjust Food System

How (and Why) to Be a Seed Savior

Denver Doesn’t Want Its Edible Bounty to Go to Waste

Baltimore Is Poised to Put a Major Dent in Its Food Waste Stream

This Thanksgiving, Nashville Saves Food and Feeds the Hungry

Linking Upstate New York Fields and South Bronx Kitchens

Composting Is Way Easier Than You Think

Experts & Resources