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    Raw Milk and Implications for Public Health

    Learn more about the raw milk debate in Minnesota.

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Illuminating the science behind food issues

Few of us would question the importance of food. Yet fully grasping the issues surrounding food is often challenging, complicated by political, technical, environmental, economic, and cultural forces that have an impact on what we eat. The Food Policy Research Center (FPRC) examines those intertwined and often competing influences, illuminating the science behind food issues and policies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Our goal is to arm lawmakers, consumers and industry representatives with scientifically sound information about how we grow, process, package, distribute, and prepare what we eat. Such information will expand their understanding of the impacts and trade-offs associated with national policy and regulations regarding complex food issues.

In the coming two years, FPRC researchers will initiate several food policy analyses, providing issue briefings, white papers, and opportunities to hear directly from the experts. Our commitment to communicating the results broadly will help decision makers, whether at the Capitol or in the kitchen, make more informed choices.

Featured Briefs

Food Scraps

Food Loss and Waste in the US: The Science Behind the Supply Chain

Summary of findings
  • Roughly 40% of the United States (US) food supply (1500 calories/person/day) is never eaten, which is among the highest rates of food lossi globally. Addressing this loss could help reduce food insecurity and the environmental impacts of agriculture.
  • Tremendous resources are used to produce uneaten food in the US: 30% of fertilizer, 31% of cropland, 25% of total freshwater...
hunter

Hunting Ammunition and Implications for Public Health

Summary of findings
  • Multiple types of hunting ammunition are available with varying ballistics and public health implications.
  • Game meat harvested with lead ammunition may be contaminated with lead fragments.
  • Ingestion of lead fragments in game meat may present health risks, especially to women and children. There is no level of lead exposure in children known to be without adverse...
Poultry production workers processing raw chicken

Potential Impacts of a Zero Tolerance Policy for Salmonella on Raw Meat and Poultry

Summary of findings
  • Despite progress in reducing the prevalence of Salmonella in raw meat and poultry, human illness due to Salmonella has not decreased over the past 15 years.
  • High-profile outbreaks and the proportion of Salmonella cases that are attributed to raw meat and poultry products have created a demand for new strategies to control...