National Animal Health and Food Security Policy
At the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security
Climate change and the risk to animal health and food systems and business
models for adapting
March 24 through March 28, 2014
Program begins at 8:30 AM on March 24 and completes at 6 PM on March 28.
This Washington D.C.-based program is focused on legislative and executive
agency activity to help the U.S. food system adapt to the risk or volatility
associated with climate change. Animal health and the livestock production
systems have an important role in food security and are affected by climate
volatility. This program will focus on both risk management and mitigation
strategies for livestock and poultry value chain systems to address the long
term viability of the industries. The current congressional session (113th
Congress) is midway and has had difficulty finding consensus on many issues
including issues around climate change. There is a growing awareness and
acceptance that climate volatility is a challenge to food security
(availability, access, and affordability). Through executive order, federal
agencies are implementing programs and this creates an opportunity for this
program to explore the interaction between legislation, regulation, advocacy,
and public-private initiatives.
As a group, we will focus on risk management strategies for the food system
with an emphasis on animal health, food production, and business continuity and
how these strategies impact food security. An example of an approach that is
both legislative and regulatory or rule-based is the farm bill. It has placed a
heavy emphasis on risk management and price stability and food affordability to
support national food security. By the end of the week, participants will craft
a set of policy statements and deliver them to congressional representatives and
strategic agency officials. The positions will be based on published research,
advice from experts within and outside government with a variety of viewpoints
and data, and your expertise.
The program takes place in downtown Washington DC and we will walk, take the
DC Metro, or taxi as appropriate. All meetings take place at offices of the
people and organizations involved in the program.
On the first day of the program (8:30AM), participants will meet at the
AVMA GRD Office, 1910 Sunderland Place NW, Washington DC – near Dupont
Circle Metro Station.