Hunger, food deserts – not desserts, deceptive food product claims, local foods movements and a congressman who tries to live on food stamps should provide food for thought at the 14th Consumer Issues Conference in Laramie.
“Food: Perceptions, Practices and Policies” is Oct. 8-10 at the Wyoming Union on the University of Wyoming campus.
There are three tracks: “Local Food,” “Legal and EthicalFood Policy Issues,” and “Global/National Food Markets,” said Dee Pridgen, one of the organizers, a presenter and the Carl M. Williams Professor in the UWCollege of Law.
National efforts to combat childhood and adult obesity, and an awareness of excessive food waste that has spurred food recovery programs are part of the program.
“We wanted to shine a light on these efforts and show how this idea could be applied locally and regionally,” said Pridgen.
USDA school nutrition guidelines that try to get children to eat more nutritious foods are another recent controversy, she said. Audrey Rowe, administrator of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will participate with local representatives to discuss the issues.