Saturday, October 8, 2011

LL.M. Trip to the National Food Policy Conference

For 34 years, the National Food Policy Conference has been a Washington institution and a unique collaboration between consumer advocates, the food industry and government. The conference, October 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C., is coordinated by the Consumer Federation of America. CFA’s Media Partner for the conference is The Food Institute Report. 

I attended this year's National Food Policy Conference with four of this year's LL.M. candidates, Professor Martha Dragich, Alli Condra, Gina Cucurullo, and Cathy Franck.  I speak for all of us in saying that this was a tremendous opportunity.

The conference explored an array of important food policy issues facing consumers and the food industry. Consumer food priorities and trends; government food programs; budget cutbacks, food safety concerns, and the federal farm programs were all topics of discussion.  Speakers included USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Director of the CDC, Thomas Frieden, Former USDA Secretary Dan Glickman, Chef Jose Andres, and many others.  It was a particular delight to see fellow-Arkansan Carol Tucker Foreman Carol Tucker Foreman, a leading national voice on food policy and Distinguished Fellow at the Food Policy Institute of the Consumer Federation of America.

The LL.M. Program, in conjunction with the School of Law's Journal staff were pleased to extend an offer to the speakers to publish their conference remarks in the Journal of Food Law & Policy, and we look forward to working with these distinguished presenters on their articles.

Special thanks goes out to Chris Waldrop, the Director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America for organizing such a wonderful conference, facilitating our publication offer, and assisting us with student scholarships.  Thanks as well to our friend and distinguished UA alumnus, David Lambert.  David was wonderful in introducing us to speakers and colleagues and helping us to spread the word about the LL.M. Program and the Journal of Food Law & Policy.  It was truly a wonderful event.

Pictured above is our group at the conference, from left to right, Gina Cucurullo, Martha Dragich, Cathy Franck, Alli Condra, and me, Susan Schneider

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