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Food Protection Message - May 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Since its establishment in 2004, NCFPD has made education a priority and central to its mission. With continued and evolving threats to the food system, the development of the current and future workforce is essential. The Center’s education program includes academic curriculum and professional training in addition to student engagement in research. Over our 10 year history, the NCFPD consortium has built an impressive portfolio of curriculum that has generated new courses, has been embedded in existing academic offerings, and continues to be delivered in workplace settings. I have been awestruck by  the global reach of our collective education efforts accomplished through our investigators teaching endeavors around the world, industry partner workshops, and collaborative programs with national government and academic partners like Kansas State University.

Food Defense Awareness Workshop

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Minnesota Food Safety and Defense Task Force in cooperation with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a Food Defense Awareness Workshop.  This workshop will be conducted on July 24, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN at the University of Minnesota.  The goal of the full-day workshop is to provide members of the food industry with an understanding of food defense, the tools and resources available, and to walk participants through a series of exercises on how to create a food defense plan for their facilities. 

Celebrating 10 Years: A Visible Investment in Students by Justin Kastner

Thursday, May 29, 2014

“What happens, teaches.”

During the last 10 years, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and its partners have taught America and the world many things—from the principles and practicalities of food defense to the complex nature of the food system.  However, I am most impressed by a message it has communicated and taught over and over again through a strong demonstration of generosity, prioritization, and commitment.

National Center for Food Protection and Defense 10-Year Celebration Reception

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In June of 2004, NCFPD set out to “defend the safety of the food system through research and education” as a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. It is 10 years later and we are still focused on defending the entire food system, from pre-farm inputs through final consumption. Though our mission remains the same, NCFPD has evolved into a global center whose research, education, and training touches people the world over.

Webinar - Food Waste: The Antithesis of the Triple Bottom Line - June 6, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

The issue of food waste is not a new topic among sustainability professionals, but it has just recently been gaining increased attention from government agencies, media and the general public.  Stresses on food production systems due to multiple social, economic and environmental factors have revealed alarming statistics about the amount, causes and consequences of wasted food in the US and globally.  This presentation will dive into the food waste problem and share information about the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a unique industry collaboration working to address this problem.

National Center for Food Protection and Defense 10 Year Celebration Lecture Series

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In June of 2004, NCFPD set out to “defend the safety of the food system through research and education” as a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. It is 10 years later and we are still focused on defending the entire food system, from pre-farm inputs through final consumption. Though our mission remains the same, NCFPD has evolved into a global center whose research, education, and training touches people the world over.