This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first – and still only – White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health. Commissioned by President Richard Nixon and chaired by Dr. Jean Mayer in 1969, 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. We are facing an underappreciated nutrition crisis marked by 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 hosting an anniversary symposium.