Farm Foundation® Forum Delved Into the Policies and Practices Behind America’s Dietary Health

The May 2022 Farm Foundation Forum included Eve Turow-Paul, executive director of the Food for Climate League; Dr. Robert Paarlberg, adjunct professor at the Harvard Kennedy School; and Dr. Michael F. Jacobson, co-founder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest; in conversation with moderator G. William Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Consumer behavior, food system complexity, and the interrelations between farm policies and what individuals choose to eat were among the many topics discussed in the Farm Foundation Forum, “Farm, Food, and the Policies and Practices Behind America’s Dietary Health.” The Forum took place via Zoom on May 11, 2022, and featured authors Dr. Robert Paarlberg, Dr. Michael Jacobson, and Eve Turow-Paul in conversation with moderator, G. William Hoagland.

The Forum kicked off with an observation from Hoagland, who is a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center, that the coming Farm Bill is very likely to be the first to top one trillion dollars, and is anticipated to have 80 precent directed to the nutrition title.

In their conversations, Paarlberg, author Resetting the Table: Straight Talk About the Food We Grow and Eat, and Jacobson, author of Salt Wars, discussed the implications of highly processed foods in the food system, among other factors. Turow-Paul, author of Hungry, focused her presentation more on the cultural and social/emotional drivers behind food choices.  

The full recording, including the robust audience question and answer session, and slide deck are available on demand.

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