Food and Society Program

Food and Society brings together leaders and decision-makers in the food and beverage industry and the public health community—scientists, nutritionists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, and food makers of all kinds—to find solutions to production, health, and communications challenges in the food system. Initiatives include examining the current state and prevalence of gene editing in food production and assessing whether, where, and how it can be used to foster equity and reduce food insecurity; finding common ground in the current assortment of soda-tax initiatives to make them result in meaningful health improvements; developing seeds for crops that taste better as well as producing higher yields; building on current strategies to reduce food waste; and making restaurants better, harassment-free places to both work and dine. The goal is for people of all income levels to eat better and more healthful diets—and to enjoy them bite by bite.