Food Security and Diet-Linked Public Health Challenges

Convened by Institute on Science for Global Policy
North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota
09-20-2015 - 09-23-2015

Convened in cooperation with North Dakota State University, this conference focused on the ways in which nutritional value within the food supply impacts different segments of the population with distinct phenotypes.  The recognition that the variability of phenotypes within a population causes individual groups to respond differently to the nutritional values in foods has become an important part of both scientific research and, more recently, public policy.

Food Security and Diet-Linked Public Health Challenges announcement

This conference is part of the ISGP's Food Safety, Security, and Defense (FSSD) conferences on Nutrition, Sustainable Agriculture, and Human Health (NSAHH).


Policy Position papers

ISGP Podcast: T2D: A Health Oddity

Devanjan Sikder, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D.
Type-2 diabetes is a major health burden, and coordinated care for this disease and its co-morbidities is not well-established. What steps can be take...

Asian Diabetes: Cause, Challenges, and Health Care Reform

Devanjan Sikder, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D
Type-2 diabetes (T2D) affects more than 300 million people worldwide and accounts for close to half a trillion dollars annual burden on the world econ...

ISGP Podcast: Oration on Fermentation

Linda Duffy
Fermenting foods might be a culinary fad, but could it also be a key to food and nutritional security of the future? Lactic acid bacteria  are the...

ISGP Podcast: Arctic Fish to Fry

Indigenous peoples in the Arctic are facing nutritional deficiencies and other food security challenges associated with changing food systems and clim...

Food Security and Diet-Linked Public Health Challenges

This book contains policy position papers, summaries of the critical debate of each paper, and the areas of consensus and actionable next steps reache...

Building Local Food Capacity as a Food Security Strategy for Northern Indigenous Communities

Michael Robidoux, Ph.D.
Over the past several decades, Indigenous populations in Canada have undergone dietary and lifestyle transformations which have resulted in alarming r...

Diet and Colon Cancer Risk

Stephen J.D. O'Keefe, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.
Diseases prevalent in Western societies present the most serious threat to public health today.  The rarity of these diseases in elderly members of l...

Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, and Health

Larry W. Harrington, Ph.D.
In developing countries, productivity growth alone is not enough to ensure food security. Equally important are equity, sustainability, and resilience...

Aligning Food Security Interventions with Better Nutrition in North America

Katherine Gray-Donald, Ph.D.
Food security is closely linked to poverty, but in North America the link between nutritional indicators and food security is not strong.  Programs t...

Microbial Food Fermentation: Enhancing Nutritional Fitness

Linda Duffy, Ph.D., MPH
Functional probiotic lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains may play a promising role in biofortification strategies and offer the potential for addressin...