Policy Position Papers

Water Resource Management Challenges in a Time of Changing Climate

Dr. Sharon Megdal
Water is scarce relative to demand in Arizona and the Colorado River Basin. Despite 14 years of drought, the likes of which have not been seen...

Balancing Efficient Use With Sustainable Generation

Neil Fromer, Executive Director, Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech
We need to develop a wide range of new technology to support a more sustainable future. In the United States, this means developing a system-wide opti...

Cultivating a Sustainable and Resilient Food Future

Laura Lengnick, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, Cultivating Resilience, LLC, Asheville, North Carolina
A growing awareness of the costs of industrial food in the latter half of the 20th century drove a search for solutions that emerged as the sustainabl...

To Increase Science’s Public Value, We Must Improve Communication

Arthur Lupia, Ph.D., Hal R Varian Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
In the last hundred years, scientific research has transformed quality of life for people around the world. Science has great potential to do much mor...

Reversing the Nutrition Transition among Native North Americans

Colin Samson, Ph.D.
The nutritional transition is the most important issue affecting the health of indigenous peoples worldwide. It entails a change from gathered, farmed...

Targeting Environmental Determinants of Healthy Eating through Healthy Public Policy

Kim D. Raine, Ph.D., R.D., F.C.A.H.S
Tackling the burden of diet-related chronic diseases requires targeting determinants of healthy eating through policy that addresses food environments...

Improving Nutrition through Food Quality, Access, Affordability, and Waste Reduction

Mindy S. Kurzer, Ph.D.
In both the developing and developed world, the problem of undernutrition continues, yet overweight and obesity have become serious health threats. Th...

Medicinal Plant Intake: Improving Type 2 Diabetes Management in Canadian Aboriginal Populations

Pierre Haddad, Ph.D.
Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge on medicinal and food plants represents an underappreciated opportunity for the culturally relevant prevention and ma...

The Next Agricultural Revolution?

Evan Fraser, Ph.D.
One of the 21st century’s biggest challenges is devising the food systems to equitably, safely, and nutritiously feed the world’s growing populati...

Disparities in Food Insecurity: An Indigenous Public Health Perspective

Treena Delormier, Ph.D.
Food security is foundational for health and the prevention of chronic diseases during the course of a human’s life. The fact that about 1 in 6 hous...