Food policy covers a broad range of people, programs, rules and guidelines that effect how food is produced, processed, distributed, consumed and disposed of. International, federal, state and local governments and organizations all play a role in assuring we have a safe, affordable, accessible, nutritious and sustainable quantity and quality of food for all. At the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Dr. Jill Clark, Dr. Jennifer Garner and Dr. Neal Hooker work with collaborators across campus, the state, nationally and internationally to consider the social and economic aspects of food policy.
On May 28, 2015, food and nutrition experts gathered in Washington recently for the Dietary Guidelines Summit hosted by Ohio State's Food Innovation Center and sponsored by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The summit featured several panels discussing topics ranging from the upcoming release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to how the American public can better digest nutrition policy. Click here to watch a video of the summit.
The Growing Food Connections Policy Database is a searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues: rural and urban food production, farmland protection, transfer of development rights, food aggregation and distribution infrastructure, local food purchasing and procurement, healthy food access, food policy councils, food policy coordination, food system metrics, tax reductions and exemptions for food infrastructure, and much more.