This is just a brief note to alert you that the annual National Food Policy Conference is coming up April 15 and 16 in Washington DC. This 36-year-old conference is organized by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and many of the topics considered look at how food policy and the consumer interact. Fees for the conference range from $90 to $325, with the lowest rates for member groups of the CFA.
The agenda includes a wide range of food policy topics. Panels will discuss the use and value of nutrition research on consumption, the problem of food waste, the impact of immigration reform on the food supply, and the effects of climate change on food supply, among others. The presentations will end mid-day April 16th.
Anyone interested in food safety will find the April 15th update on the Food Safety Modernization Act useful and important. Panelists on FSMA will include David Gombas, Senior VP for Fresh Food & Technology of United Fresh, James Gorny of the FDA, and Arian Lotti of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.