Food Product Composition, Consumer Health and Public Policy
A conference sponsored by Farm Foundation and USDA’s Economic Research Service
April 9-11, 2007
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, Calif.
The U.S. food market offers consumers a wide array of products. The composition of those products varies in response to such market forces as production costs, consumer demands, new technologies and the price of ingredients. Consumers may be unaware of some product changes—a switch from one type of oil to another, for example—yet those changes may have potential consequences for public health.
This conference examined how agriculture and food policies influence market forces and food product composition, impact ingredient costs, regulate production and marketing systems, provide information to consumers and contribute to the generation of new technologies. Participants included policy makers, researchers, food and agribusiness leaders. An executive summary is available.
Conference discussions are also featured in a Farm Foundation Issue Report.
Eating Patterns in America: Joseph Derochowski, NPD Inc.
Session I – Unintended Consequences of U.S. Agricultural Policies
Sugar Policies and Added Sugars in U.S. Diets:Helen Jensen and John Beghin, Iowa State University
Lucia L. Kaiser, University of California-Davis
Gail Woodward-Lopez, University of California- Berkeley
Milk Component Pricing & Milk Fat in U.S. Diets: Brian Gould, University of Wisconsin
Joe O’Donnell, California Dairy Research Foundation
Jeffrey T. LaFrance, University of California- Berkeley
Improving Public Health Through New Food and Farm Policies
Michael Jacobson, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Session II – Policies Directed Towards Changing Diets
Getting Rid of Transfats: Policies, Incentives and Progress: Laurian Unnevehr, University of Illinois
Catherine Woteki, Mars Inc.
John Morrall, Office of Management & Budget
Whole Grain Dietary Guidelines and U.S. Diets: Lisa Mancino, Economic Research Service, USDA
Susan J. Crockett, General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition
Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, International Food Information Council
Len Marquart, University of Minnesota