Food Insecurity Research Symposium: Assessing Disparities, Consequences, and Policies

October 17-19, 2012
University of Missouri Campus, Columbia
Memorial Union

Hunger in America, and its causes, consequences and possible solutions, was the topic of Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences and Policies. Researchers from institutions across the country, including Tufts University, Oregon State University, and the universities of Ohio, Connecticut, South Carolina, Minnesota, and Missouri, met with staff from the USDA, the Food Research and Action Center, and community-based initiatives to discuss a variety of issues.

Conversations centered on:

  • Obstacles to food availability, distribution and affordability.
  • Physical and mental health impacts of food insecurity.
  • Societal and economic consequences of food insecurity.
  • The effectiveness of governmental programs.
  • The role of communities in setting research agendas.
  • Translating research for a variety of audiences.

Patricia Allen, chair of the Department of Food Systems and Society, Marylhurst University, and David Holben, acting associate dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University, were keynote speakers. Other researchers and practitioners participated in panel presentations and discussions.

The symposium was funded by Mizzou Advantage and the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence.

The symposium agenda and presentations can be viewed here. Speaker and participant biographies can be viewed here.

For more information, contact Sandy Rikoon.


Setting the Table for Food Security by Mike Burden, CAFNR Communications, University of Missouri.