National Animal Health and Food Security Policy
At the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security
Topic: Climate Change and Livestock – the Science, Politics, and
Beliefs and how they may affect food security.
March 25 through March 28, 2013
Program begins at 8 AM on March 25 and is complete at 6 PM on March 28.
This Washington D.C.-based program is focused on legislative and agency activity
associated with adaptation and mitigation strategies to address climate
volatility. Animal health and the livestock production systems have an important
role in food security and are being 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. While it is still early in the legislative cycle for the 113th
legislative session, there are opportunities to inform the ongoing process
through interactions with committees, agencies, and interest groups.
As a group, we will focus on risk management strategies for the food system
with an emphasis on animal health and food production and how these strategies
may impact both food security and mitigation proposals. 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. In
addition, we will also develop and deliver comments on the EPA’s proposed
Climate Adaptation plan and or the National Climate Assessment.
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 (8AM), participants will meet at the
AVMA GRD Office, 1910 Sunderland Place NW, Washington DC – near Dupont
Circle Metro Station.