FPRC's Collaborating center is sponsering Food Access Summit 2014
The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute wants you to save the date, October 29-30 to accompany them in launching the Minnesota Food Charter that attempts to improve the access of healthy foods for Minnesotans with limited financial resources.
Hueston Quoted in Story: Congress Takes up Food Labeling Flight
The debate over labeling food produced with genetically modified ingredients heats up on a national level. The Star Tribune covered the story.
FPRC Executive Director is Cited in a Minnesota Daily Article
"U Researchers: Hunting with Lead Poses Food Risks," an April 10 article in Minnesota Daily, included quotes from Dr. Julia Ponder, executive director of The Raptor Center, who recently authored"Hunting Ammunition and Implications for Public Health," a Food Policy Research Center issue brief about the use of lead bullets to hunt game and the implications for humans.
FPRC is Cited in an Article Highlighting the Consequences of Wasting Food
FPRC Issue Brief "Food Loss and Waste in the US: The Science Behind the Supply Chain" was released in mid-April with related video "Love Letter to Food". New York Daily News covered the story.
Funded Proposals: Example
After the last round of proposals were received for Regulatory Policy Issue Briefs in March 2014, we received some requests to have examples of funded proposals be made available. With the PI’s permission, we are sharing the proposals for these to funded Issue Briefs, “Potential Impacts of a “Zero Tolerance” Policy for Salmonella” and “Potential Impacts of Classifying Specific Multi-Drug Resistant Strains of Salmonella as Adulterants”.
Public Forum: Science, Democracy, and a Healthy Food Policy
The Healthy Food, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute, a collaborating center of the Food and Policy Research Institute, is holding a discussion on Tuesday, May 6th with leading experts, advocates, and engaged citizens throughout the country to explore how science can be more valuable tool in advancing healthier food environments for communities nationwide.
Regulatory Policy Issue Briefs Funded
The Food Policy Research Center has selected the following proposals for funding: “Potential Impacts of Classifying Specific Multi-Drug Resistant Strains of Salmonellaas Adulterants” and “Potential Impacts of a “Zero Tolerance” Policy for Salmonella”. The PI for both Issue Briefs is Craig W. Hedberg a Professor, in the School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences. We expect Briefs to be completed in July.
Request for Proposals Deadline Extended
FPRC has extended the deadline for the request for proposals for issue briefs related to regulatory policy. Click here to view the revised request for proposals.
Request for Proposals Announced - Regulatory Policy
FPRC is accepting proposals for issue briefs on regulatory strategies involving antibiotic use and resistance and Salmonella control. Issue briefs are two-page summaries that offer concise information on food policy to legislators, consumers, and other stakeholders. Click here to view the request for proposals.
Regulatory Policy Issue Brief
Proposed dairy industry price protections in the new farm bill are currently under debate in Washington, D.C. A Washington Post article on the topic makes use of an issue brief by Dr. Marin Bozic, which was supported by an FPRC grant. Read the article here.
New FPRC Grants Awarded
FPRC has awarded funding to five proposals for policy analyses, in which the researchers will examine food and policy issues in-depth. The first completed analysis, lead by Elton Mykerezi of the Department of Applied Economics, studies the impact of varying restaurant portion sizes on business operations, food consumption and waste. Click here to view the analysis abstract.
The following analyses will be released in 2014:
- Effects of Retail Concentration on Market Power: The U.S. Fluid Milk Market
- Effects of SNAP on Food Spending: A Meta-Analysis
- Comparing Public Attitudes Towards Genetically-Modified and Nanotechnology-Based Foods and Labeling
- Public Opinion About an Emerging Food Policy Issue: Where Evidence, Policy, and Politics Intersect
New FPRC Executive Committee Member Alex Rothman - College of Liberal Arts
FPRC welcomes the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) as its sixth primary academic partner, with the addition of Alex Rothman to the executive committee. Rothman is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs with CLA. We look forward to the energy and ideas that this new academic partnership will bring to the table.
FPRC Announces Four New Issue Briefs
The Food Policy Research Center is pleased to announce the awards for four new issue briefs. The awarded briefs were selected among 11 total submissions. The four topics and authors are as follows:
- Food Loss and Waste in the U.S.: The Science Behind the Supply Chain - PI Jon Foley and graduate student Alex Reich; Institute on the Environment
- Current Science and Challenges of Urban Food Deserts: Impacts on Childhood Health – PI Mark Pereira, School of Public Health
- Food Policy Councils: Implications for Policymakers and Public Health – Co-PI’s Sheila Onzere and Noelle Harden; Extension
- School Meal Regulations and Child Nutrition: Environmental Approaches to Improve Intake – PI Marla Reicks; Food Science and Nutrition, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
FPRC Issue Briefs Permanently Archived Online
The Food Policy Research Center has published its issue briefs relating to food and nutrition policy on the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy (UDC), which facilitates the preservation of academic publications for open access. Click here for the archived policy analyses.
Attention U of M Faculty - FPRC Seeking Proposals for Policy Analyses
The Food Policy Research Center is seeking proposals from University of Minnesota faculty for innovative food and nutrition policy briefs. Concise and timely information is needed by legislators, congressional staffers, and committee members to address the increasing complex and contentious issues around food and nutrition. Examples of such issue briefs may be viewed here.
FPRC Publishes Four New Issue Briefs
In early August, FPRC released four new issue policy analyses on its website regarding food safety issues and the politics that influence them. The briefs, written and reviewed by multidisciplinary research teams, address the political and public health implications of certain food practices, including the labeling of genetically-engineered foods, antibiotics in animal feed, backyard poultry, and alternative livestock systems.
Click here to view all FPRC issue briefs.
Milk Getting its Moo… Two Milk-Focused Policy Analyses Funded by the Food Policy Research Center
To be completed by April 2014, both analyses will use milk to explore their subjects, first the impact on consumers when a few competitors see rising market share, and second regulations on raw milk as the vehicle to examine how political messages compete to shape the public’s views.
Lead by Marin Bozic of the Department of Applied Economics, College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences the Effects of Retail Concentration on Market Power: The U.S. Fluid Milk Market analysis will develop a novel methodology for evaluating if market concentration leads to market power or increased efficiency. This framework will then examine the effects of rising retail concentration on retail market power in the U.S. dairy sector. Bozic selected the dairy industry due to important implications of rising retail market shares of only a few competitors for milk prices paid by final consumers, and received by dairy processors and dairy farm operators.
Sarah Gollust, Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, along with Wendy Rahn, Political Science, will examine public attitudes toward raw milk regulation in four Midwestern states in their project Public Opinion about an Emerging Food Policy Issue: Where Evidence, Policy and Politics Intersect. The project will assess how scientific evidence and political messages compete to shape the public’s views toward raw milk. The study will provide applied knowledge for food policy stakeholders about a locally-relevant and evolving regulatory issue with significant public health and safety implications.
FPRC Executive Committee Member Brian Buhr Named CFANS Interim Dean
Brian Buhr, head of the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota and FPRC executive committee member, has been named interim dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Buhr is recognized nationally for his research, teaching, and service to the University.
Read more from the Minnesota Daily or CFANS
Canadian Cattlemen's Association Reviving Beef Irradiation Request
The Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) is planning to submit a plan to the Canadian government to irradiate beef in the wake of last year's XL Beef recall and E.coli O157:H7 outbreak. Irradiation has been studied at the Food Policy Research Center and by Dr. Ted Labuza of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences.
Attention U of M Faculty - FPRC Seeking Proposal for Policy Analyses
The Food Policy Research Center is seeking proposals from University of Minnesota faculty and partners for innovative food and nutrition policy analyses. Analyses must focus on regional, national or global food and nutrition policy issues. Priority will be given to trans-disciplinary faculty teams who solicit broad input and examine important policy issues from multiple perspectives such as public health, economics, and the environment.
Attention U of M Faculty - FPRC Seeking Issue Briefs
The Food Policy Research Center is seeking proposals from University of Minnesota faculty for innovative food and nutrition policy briefs. Concise and timely information is needed by legislators, congressional staffers, and committee members to address the increasing complex and contentious issues around food and nutrition.
Academic Health Center Blog Highlights Agricultural Climate Change Fact Sheet
The Food Policy Research Center (FPRC), comprised of five schools and colleges at the University of Minnesota, has released the third in a series of fact sheets designed to inform policymakers on a variety of issues through a comprehensive scientific approach and are part of a broader analysis of food policy topics. The third fact sheet focuses on the changing agricultural climate.
Attention U of M Faculty – FPRC Seeking Proposals on Innovative Food and Nutrition Policy Analyses
The Food Policy Research Center is seeking proposals from University of Minnesota faculty focused on innovative food and nutrition policy analyses. Analyses will provide policymakers and key stakeholders with a more complete and holistic view of food policy through the analysis of scientific data and existing policy information. Five to seven proposals up to $40,000 each will be awarded over the course of the two year grant period.
U of M Launches the Food Policy Research Center to Inform Policy Through Comprehensive Science Approach
The University of Minnesota Food Policy Research Center (FPRC) leverages the expertise of four university schools and colleges, as well as 20 participating centers and institutes, to perform integrated analyses of food and nutrition policies. Through its analyses, the center aims to provide consumers and policy makers with more comprehensive, holistic food policy options. The FPRC launched in April 2012 with funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture.
Read the press release (PDF)