Conference Agenda

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Monday April 15, 2013
7:30AM Registration - Capital Terrace

8:30AM Welcome - Presidential Ballroom

Chris Waldrop
Director of Food Policy Institute
Consumer Federation of America

8:45AM Keynote Address - Presidential Ballroom
A Conversation with the FDA's Mike Taylor


Helena Bottemiller
Washington Correspondent
Food Safety News


Michael R. Taylor
Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine
Food and Drug Administration

9:45AM Facilitated Discussion: The Future of Food Shopping - Presidential Ballroom
The way consumers shop for food is changing rapidly as they seek diverse outlets to purchase food and employ new technologies that allow them to comparison shop at the click of a button. Meanwhile, retailers and other food sellers are developing new strategies and using new technologies to reach consumers and are reshaping the food aisle to meet consumer demand for healthier, safer, and more affordable food choices. A panel of experts takes a look at the rapidly changing marketplace, the implications of these changes for consumers and the food industry, the policy drivers for some of these changes, and how food shopping will continue to evolve in the future.


Beth Johnson
Food Directions LLC


Jennifer Harris
Director, Marketing Initiatives
Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
Yale University

Yael Lehmann
Executive Director
The Food Trust

Susan Borra
Senior Vice President, Communications
The Food Marketing Institute

Kate Weigle
Senior Vice President & Group Head, Food and Nutrition

11:15AM Panel 1: Is Nutrition Research Keeping Pace with Policy and Consumers? - Federal A
A panel of experts explores the gaps between the latest nutrition science and dietary recommendations and the nutritional health of consumers; discusses how best to translate nutrition research into actionable steps to improve the public health; examines the importance of integrity in nutrition research; and explores how best to deal with political intervention efforts.


Glenna McCollum
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Eric Hentges
Executive Director
ILSI North America

Susan M. Krebs-Smith
Chief, Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch
National Cancer Institute

Marlene B. Schwartz
Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
Yale University

Linda Van Horn
Professor of Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

11:15AM Panel 2: The Food Safety Modernization Act – Debating the Produce Safety Proposal - South American AB
As required by the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration has issued proposed regulations to assure the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables on the farm. A panel of experts debates the proposal and discusses how implementation of the first mandatory set of on-farm safety regulations will impact consumers, the produce industry, and farmers.

Joan Murphy
Assistant Editor
Food Chemical News


David E. Gombas
Senior Vice President, Food Safety & Technology
United Fresh

James R. Gorny, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor for Produce Safety, Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Sarah A. Klein
Senior Staff Attorney, Food Safety Program
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Ariane Lotti
Assistant Policy Director
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

11:15AM Panel 3: Waste Not, Want Not – Addressing the Problem of Food Waste - Federal B
Experts estimate that thirty percent of all food grown worldwide may be lost or wasted before it even reaches consumers. Food waste can occur at various points along the food supply chain – on the farm, during processing, during transportation and storage, in retail environments, and at home. A panel of experts discusses the importance of addressing this problem – from reducing hunger to improving efficiency along the supply chain to better use of natural resources – and identifies programs, policies and incentives we could employ to help reduce food waste.


Kai Robertson
Director, Food, Beverage & Agriculture Practice


Carrie Calvert
Senior Policy Counsel
Feeding America

Dana Gunders
Project Scientist, Food and Agriculture
Natural Resources Defense Council

Jean Schwab
National Food Recovery Initiative, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
US Environmental Protection Agency

Jeanne Von Zastrow
Senior Director of Sustainability and Industry Relations
Food Marketing Institute

12:30PM Lunch - Presidential Ballroom

1:15PM Keynote Address - Presidential Ballroom


Heather White
Executive Director
Environmental Working Group


Lester Brown
President, Earth Policy Institute
Author, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

2:00PM Facilitated Discussion: How Immigration Reform Could Impact Our Food Supply - Presidential Ballroom
As the Administration and Congress tackle immigration reform, the results could have a profound effect on our food supply. A panel of experts examines the role immigrants play in our food system, how the current situation affects and is affected by nutrition policy, food safety, and agriculture policy, how immigration reform efforts at the state level have impacted food production, and how to best address the challenges of this complex problem.


Deborah M. Atwood
Executive Director


Bruce Goldstein
Executive Director
Farmworker Justice

LaQuita Honeysucker
Legislative Representative
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Maureen Torrey
Torrey Farms

Representative from U.S. Congress

3:30PM Networking Break - Capital Terrace

4:00PM Panel 1: Improving the Regulation of Food Additives - Federal A
The FDA regulates thousands of ingredients and substances which can be added to food, but is the regulatory system up to the challenges of today’s modern food system? A panel of experts examines FDA’s approach to assessing the safety and suitability of food additives, identifies key challenges facing the agency, industry and the public, and provides recommendations for needed changes.


Abby Dilley
Vice President, Program Development


Tom Nelter
Director, Food Additives Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kate Houston
Director, Federal Government Relations
Cargill, Inc.

Dennis M. Keefe
Director, Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration

Mitchell Cheeseman
Managing Director
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

4:00PM Panel 2: The Debate on Sugar Sweetened Beverages - South American AB
As cities and states tackle the role of sugar sweetened beverages in our diets, how these beverages are defined will determine the reach of the approach and whether beverages such as energy drinks, teas, enhanced waters, flavored milk and fruit drinks are included. A panel of experts explores how different jurisdictions define SSBs and the implications of those definitions, as well as discuss two of the most controversial policy approaches: bans and taxes.

Marianne Smith Edge
Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety
International Food Information Council


Sean B. Cash
Associate Professor, Agriculture, Food and Environment Program
Tufts University

Harold Goldstein
Executive Director
California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Michael F. Jacobson
Executive Director
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Susan Neely
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Beverage Association

4:00PM Panel 3: The Impact of Changing Animal Welfare Standards - Federal B
In response to consumer expectations and demands, retailers and fast food restaurants are requiring their suppliers to make specific changes in how food animals are raised, handled and treated. A panel of experts looks at what these changes mean for the food industry, retailers and consumers, and how this changing dynamic is shaping the future of our meat, poultry and egg supply.

Steve Clapp
Senior Editor
Food Chemical News

Gail Golab
Director, Animal Welfare Division
American Veterinary Medical Association

Sara Lilygren
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Tyson Foods, Inc.

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States

Nicole A. Tocco
East Coast Fellow
Bon Appetit Management Company Foundation

5:15PM End -

Tuesday April 16, 2013
7:30AM Continental Breakfast - Capital Terrace

7:30AM Registration - Capital Terrace

8:30AM Welcome - Presidential Ballroom

Chris Waldrop
Director of Food Policy Institute
Consumer Federation of America

8:45AM Panel 1: Priority-Setting in a Time of Reduced Resources - Federal A
As the Administration and Congress seek to address looming fiscal challenges, food policy stakeholders are analyzing the impacts of reduced resources for food safety, nutrition, hunger, agriculture and other issues. A panel of experts discusses the new reality of reduced budgets and provides suggestions for how government agencies should prioritize in a tough fiscal climate and what new approaches may be necessary.


Teresa Green
Linda Golodner Food Safety & Nutrition Fellow
National Consumers League


Diane Katz
Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy
The Heritage Foundation

Monica Potts
Senior Writer
The American Prospect

Clay Ramsay
Research Director, Program on International Policy Attitudes
University of Maryland

Nick Schwellenbach
Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst
Center for Effective Government

8:45AM Panel 2: The Impact of Droughts, Floods, and Other Disasters on our Food Supply - Federal B
Last year’s drought in the U.S. was the worst in decades and climate predictions anticipate more frequent summer droughts, and other natural disasters, in the future. A panel looks at the effects of these events on food availability and price instability and what a future of volatile weather means for our food supply. The panel will also identify policy approaches to help prepare for and rebound from the short-term impacts of a disaster, and will identify remedies to lessen the impact of a changing climate on our food supply over the longer term.


David P. Lambert
Lambert Associates


Ruth Vargas Hill
Senior Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute

Florence Rolle
Senior Liaison Officer
Food and Agriculture Organization

Richard Volpe
Economic Research Service

Chandler Goule
Vice President of Government Relations
National Farmers Union

8:45AM Panel 3: The Opportunities and Challenges of Sodium Reduction - South American AB
The federal government, the food industry and consumer groups are all seeking ways to decrease sodium use to help reduce the health risks linked to excess sodium. Yet challenges in food technology, food safety, and consumer taste preference remain. A panel explores these challenges and identifies ways to adequately address them. The panel also examines whether the current regulatory approach and framework is sufficient, particularly for addressing links between issues such as nutrition and food safety.


Tracy Fox
Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants, LLC


Gary K. Beauchamp
Monell Chemical Senses Center

Janice Johnson
Applications/Technical Service Leader
Cargill, Inc.

Jessica Leighton
Senior Advisor for Nutrition Science and Policy, Office of Food and Veterinary Medicine
Food and Drug Administration

Kimberly F. Stitzel
Vice-President, Nutrition and Obesity Strategies
American Heart Association

Food industry representative

10:15AM - 10:45AM Keynote Address - Presidential Ballroom

Carol Tucker-Foreman
Distinguished Fellow, Food Policy Institute
Consumer Federation of America


The Honorable Mark Pryor
Chairman, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
U.S. Senate

10:45AM Facilitated Discussion: Communicating about Food Issues in the Age of Social Media - Presidential Ballroom
In an age of increased information access and fast-paced social media, consumer concern about a food issue can often result in government, the food industry and other stakeholders scrambling to respond. A panel of experts examines the new ways consumers access and evaluate information, make risk determinations, and decide to engage in food policy debates. The panel also explores how risk is understood and put into perspective, how stakeholders can help inform the debate before an issue becomes a crisis, and how best to respond when a crisis does arise.


Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling, PhD, MPA
Account Director
Powell Tate


Benjamin Chapman
Assistant Professor, Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences
North Carolina State University

Linda W. Eatherton
Partner, Director Global Food & Nutrition Practice

Kent Jarrell
Executive Director, Litigation and Crisis Communication
APCO Worldwide

12:00PM End -

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