Sustainable Food, Healthy Communities

We work to redesign our food system so that safe and healthy food is accessible for everyone, and that it promotes the health of individuals, communities, and the environment. Our role is to leverage major institutional purchasers to revive a regional food system and grow sustainable food production; incubate innovative food & community projects; and to engage health professionals as opinion leaders in institutional, community and legislative policy interventions. 

Our Sustainable Food, Healthy Communities program is part of a national campaign through Health Care Without Harm. It works to expand the network of hospitals purchasing more sustainably-produced food for their patients and staff. A primary goal is to make the critical link between how food is grown and distributed and public and environmental health.


Community Food Systems

Our work in community food systems includes our Fresh Prescription and First Food programs and our Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative: Healthcare Work Group. LEARN MORE >>

Farm to Institution

Our farm to institution programs include the Michigan Farm to Institution Network, Cultivate Michigan and Healthy Food in Health Care. LEARN MORE >>

Good Food Value Chains

What is a good food value chain? LEARN MORE >>

Health Professional Engagement and Education

We help educate and engage health professionals. LEARN MORE >>


July 26, 2016
Did you know that on average, a hospital spends 1 to 7 million dollars annually on its food and beverage purchases? That is tremendous purchasing power. Tremendous purchasing power equates to a tremendous opportunity to make a difference.
May 24, 2016
What about the many other toxic chemicals we hear about every day entering our bodies from our environment? Medical associations and researchers agree: the benefits of breastfeeding are so vitally important that they outweigh potential risks from environmental toxics.
April 27, 2016
One food that has never gone out of favor and is a staple in kitchens the world over is dry beans. Better yet, dry beans are grown in Michigan! The state is the second largest dry bean producer in the U.S.
April 19, 2016
Participate in our upcoming study looking for toxic chemicals hiding in our pet's food packaging.
March 24, 2016
Ecology Centered teamed up with organizations across the country and into Canada to study the linings of canned foods. Looking for evidence of which manufacturers were still using BPA in can lining process and if not, what substitutes were being used. The results were alarming.

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