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: Access Denied

Dr. Michael Robidoux
  The indigenous people of northern Canada are suffering from food access challenges, leading to both poor diets and poor health outcomes.  T...

Diversified Adaptable Food: Toward Personalized Nutrition

Cecelia Bartolucci
In the next decades, we will be facing an increase in world population. Some of the greatest challenges will be to sustainably and equitably provide b...

ISGP Podcast: You Are What You Eat

Stephen O'Keefe
Your susceptibility to colon cancer is controlled to a large degree by dietary choices. Colon cancer is considered a westernized disease — but what ...

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...

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...