Focus on Food Policy and Protection
About Focus On...
The 2017 Focus on Food Systems Policy and Protection program will explore the interconnections of politics, culture, economics and consumer influences around food systems policy and look at the challenges inherent in assuring food safety and preventing intentional contamination of food while assuring that everyone has access to affordable and nutritious food. Courses and forums will focus on the critical thinking, leadership skills and behavioral competencies needed to work effectively in the realm of food policy and protection.
- How governments create legislation, develop regulations and implement programs and assure compliance at the local, state and national levels.
- The multiple factors that shape the food system
- Implications of governance on food security and supply chains
- The dynamics and drivers of food trade and food systems sustainability
- How governments and non-governmental organizations and the private sector work to international standards and the implication of these on global food systems and the food trade
- Opportunities and issues at each state of the agriculture/food system from input suppliers to primary production, harvesting, processing/manufacturing, supply chains, retail, food service and consumer preferences
Who Should Attend
- Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and upper level undergraduates
- Faculty and Educators
- Minnesota legislative staff and government agency officials
- Producer and Industry professionals
Program will be available for both Professional Development and Graduate academic credit.
Food Systems Leadership Certificate
Food systems encompass all processes and policies around food from farm to fork. Commodity organizations, food companies, and government agencies want employees whose disciplinary expertise is matched by a broad understanding of food systems and critical skills for working in interdisciplinary teams dealing with complex challenges.
The Food Systems Leadership Certificate was designed to give participants the broad food systems understanding that employers want. Three week-long intensive sessions focusing on the production, policy and protection of food make up the certificate. Courses will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health.
Completing the certificate program with a cohort of working professionals and graduate students from other disciplines will increase your career opportunities, and expand your network among potential employers, campus faculty and grad students.
- Focus on Food Production, August 28-September 1, 2017
- Focus on Food Systems Leadership, January 8-12, 2018
- Focus on Food Policy & Protection, May 21-25, 2018