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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

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Current Challenges in Determining the Impact of Food Deserts on Urban childhood Nutrition and Health

Summary of findings
  • Food desert’ is an emotionally charged term with no commonly accepted definition.
  • Many urban residents have limited access to healthful and affordable foods.
  • Children are most vulnerable to the growth and health impacts of poor nutrition.
  • It is unclear how living in an urban area with limited access to healthful and affordable food contributes to...
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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...
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The Impact of Timely State Appropriations for Minnesota’s Response to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea

Summary of findings
  • The entry of a novel disease, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), into the United States (U.S.) in 2013 caused the death of 7 million piglets, with Minnesota having the second highest number of farms affected. The disease caused consumers to pay 13% higher prices for pork products.
  • Pig production is a $6.9 billion industry in Minnesota, and a $22.5 billion industry in the U.S....