College of Veterinary Medicine

Impacting Animal Health and Food Security Policy

Local Policies at the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security

Climate Change, Animal Agriculture and Food Security – the Science, Politics, and Beliefs and how they may affect food security.

September 22-24, 2014

Program Assignment

The program assignment is for the group (or subsets) to evaluate California’s climate change policies and legislation. The focus will be on adaptation strategies and impacts of mitigation strategies on animal agriculture in California and associated food security. In particular, the emphasis is on gaps and opportunities within the existing policies that support future policy development. One opportunity is to compare and contrast California policy with those of other U.S. states.

We will create three groups with different emphasis areas. The overarching theme is climate change and animal agriculture and three areas: food security (availability) and food security (access), and disease (animal, food-related, and zoonotic disease). These are all broad topics and it is likely that groups will focus on areas within the topics as we identify gaps, areas for renewed emphasis, and opportunities to improve current policy.

Each group will: 1. produce a presentation delivered in the afternoon of the final day to a group of legislative fellows. It will be presented as a legislative hearing with each group having 15 minutes to present and 10 minutes for questions. 2. Produce a written brief outlining the findings of your group. This is due one-week after the program and will be disseminated to all program participants including the groups we visit.

You will work on this assignment during the week and the people you visit during the program are resources for this assignment. It is important that you use the visits as opportunities to learn about the policy process from a variety of perspectives but also as part of your process to prepare for the hearing. These visits are not classroom sessions and you should use them as discussions to aid in your work. Be prepared with questions for these discussions. In addition, two people will be assigned to each visit to gather and summarize the key points of the discussion. These will be used by the group to help produce the briefing testimony and summaries.

For more information about these programs contact Bill Sischo ( or Jonna Mazet

Last Edited: Sep 22, 2014 8:21 AM   

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