Policy Briefs

Work in the field of food policy research, summaries, and briefs was initiated by 2012 USDA funding to support the development of a Food Policy Research Center (FPRC). Today, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Policy Program works to improve public and legislative decision-making through the dissemination of information about the impacts of agriculture and food-related policy.


Interdisciplinary teams investigate food issues

While policies surrounding food are diverse, policy research focuses on issues that are timely, leverage University of Minnesota expertise, and have an impact on human, animal, and environmental health. Each analysis aims to consider multiple angles when investigating the impact of food policies on the people and systems they touch.

We welcome your comments and recommendations for future analyses. Share your thoughts by contacting cahfs@umn.edu or 612-625-8709.

Policy Briefs Suggestion Form

Policy Briefs Suggestion Form


Fact Sheets

Fact sheets are provided in the topics of emerging issues in animal health, veterinary public health, and zoonotic disease.  View CAHFS Fact Sheets

Policy Briefs

Each policy analysis and issue brief involves an interdisciplinary research team comprised of at least one author and several scientific reviewers incorporating economic, environmental, social, health, governmental, and legislative considerations.

Issue briefs are presented using balanced and unbiased science in a straightforward one- to two-page format using accessible language. Topic areas identified by various commodity groups and legislative staffers helped determine the critical issues for analyses.

Writing policy briefs

Policy briefs should help someone make a decision about how to vote on a policy issue. Check out these resources for more information and tips on writing policy issue briefs.