Analyzing Food Issues from Multiple Angles
The Center analyzes food-related issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, tapping the knowledge of researchers from across the University.
Educating Future Analysts
Students learn the center’s integrated approach to policy analysis and apply their knowledge by helping conduct integrated food policy assessments.
Expanding people’s understanding
The center is committed to providing timely, accessible information that helps identify the impacts and trade-offs associated with food-related policies.
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.