This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first – and still only – 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health. Commissioned by President Richard Nixon and chaired by Dr. Jean Mayer, the conference sparked crucial progress in U.S. food and nutrition policy focused on hunger, changing the national landscape and conversation.
Our food system and the associated challenges have changed dramatically in the past 50 years. Major issues include obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases, rising healthcare costs, continuing food insecurity and growing disparities, and challenges to sustainability.
To honor the 50th Anniversary of the White House Conference and, importantly, look ahead to the current challenges and potential solutions, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University and the Nutrition Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are co-hosting anniversary events in Boston and Washington DC.
Through a series of panel discussions and keynote speakers, the 50th Anniversary events will:
- Reflect on the successes of the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health and the policies enacted in its wake.
- Survey the current state of new food and nutrition challenges and associated policies in the U.S. for health, food justice, and sustainability.
- Outline the policy solutions for the future, including actions for the healthcare system, government strategies, food environment, business innovation, sustainability, and food justice.
We look forward to your joining us as we celebrate and reflect on the landmark 1969 Conference, discuss current challenges and opportunities in nutrition policy, and outline a vision for specific actions to move forward.