Food Security and Diet-Linked Public Health Challenges

How does nutritional value within the food supply impacts different segments of the population?  Different segments have distinct phenotypes, reflective of the variety of genetic backgrounds found throughout society.  The recognition that the variability of phenotypes within a population causes individual groups to respond differently to the nutritional values in foods has become an important part of both scientific research and, more recently, public policy.

Food Safety, Security, and Defense (FSSD), identified by participating governments, international organizations, and the private sector as major policy priorities, has been the topic of an ongoing series of invitation-only conferences convened by the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP).  The fourth FSSD conference is being organized in partnership with North Dakota State University and will be convened September 20–23, 2015 in Fargo, North Dakota.  This ISGP conference will focus on using food diversity to address global chronic disease challenges and how “Food Security and Diet Linked Public Health Challenges” are particularly affecting American Indian communities.  This conference is part of a series of FSSD conference on “Nutrition, Sustainable Agriculture, and Human Health.”

All ISGP conferences are conducted in “not-for-attribution” environments (Chatham House Rule). This ongoing series of ISGP conferences is devoted to linking scientifically credible understanding to the formulation and implementation of sound, effective domestic and international policies concerning the diverse aspects of the safety, security, and defense throughout our increasingly global food supply.

The full conference announcement can be viewed at:

http://scienceforglobalpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Food-Security-and-Diet-Linked-Public-Health-Challenges-announcement.pdf

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