Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Web Links

Almonds Are In!

Almonds Are In! is provided by the Almond Board of California which strives to expand the almond market, fund research and archive almond industry statistics. This comprehensive website provides information about the almond industry, nutritional information, information for schools and manufacturers, and almond recipes.

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center provides a directory of publications, databases, and educational resources about sustainable agriculture.

American Association of Candy Technologists

The American Association of Candy Technologists is a professional coalition of technologists, operations personnel, educators, students, and business staff committed to promoting the confectionery industry.

American Mushroom Institute

The American Mushroom Institute is a national voluntary trade association that serves the interests of the growers, processors and marketers of cultivated mushrooms in the U.S. as well as international suppliers.

American Oil Chemists Society

The American Oil Chemists Society is a global forum that advocates the exchange of ideas, information and experience and dispenses high standards of quality to science and technology professionals interested in fats, oils, surfactants and related materials.

American Sugar Beet Growers Association

The American Sugar Beet Growers Association is a group of sugar beet growers interested in furthering state and regional beet grower associations through legislative and international representation and public relations.

Corporations and Health Watch

Corporations and Health Watch works to assess the impact of corporate practices on population health and to inform public health policies and practices that can reduce the harm from such practices. The group serves as a valuable resource for activists, researchers, health professionals, policy makers and others to change corporate practices that harm health.

Donella Meadows Institute

The Donella Meadows Institute provides services, tools, and workshops to encourage and implement “systems thinking” and “organizational learning” to sustainability efforts.

Food and Agriculture Organization

The FAO is an agency within the United Nations with its main aim the defeat of hunger in both developing and developed countries. The FAO provides a forum for debate and negotiation of food policy and supplies information and statistics about agriculture worldwide. From the main page there is a section entitled “Economics, Nutrition, Food Safety and Statistics.”

Food and Agricultural Policy and Research

The Food and Agricultural Policy and Research Institute promotes effective agricultural policy using comprehensive analytical systems. These systems examine how the food and agricultural industries affect the economy and the environment and are reviewed by academic, government and industry experts.

Food Climate Research Network

The Food Climate Research Network is a UK research council-funded initiative. It works to research & promote ways of achieving absolute reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the whole UK food chain.

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future aims to promote research and to develop and communicate information about the complex interrelationships among diet, food production, environment and human health; to advance an ecological perspective in reducing threats to the health of the public; and to promote policies that protect health, the global environment and the ability to sustain life for future generations.

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

This website provides information to educate the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just, and humane. The NCSA also works toward identifying problems and working towards solutions as well as supporting grassroots initiatives.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

SARE is part of USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. The organization aims to advance environmentally-sound farming systems through grants for sustainable agriculture research and education projects.

The Association for Dressings and Sauces

The Association for Dressings and Sauces works for the interest of manufacturers, suppliers and consumers of salad dressing and condiment sauces through a number of boards and committees.

The Environmental Protection Agency: National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center

This website details sustainable farming and related topics such as organic farming, conservation, and pollution.

The Food Industry Center at the University of Minnesota

The Food Industry at the University of Minnesota comprises scholars, faculty, and food industry leaders and studies and provides information about processes within the food industry and how the food industry serves its consumers. The center works to produce research about the food industry, educate industry leaders as well as the public, and foster collaboration between industry representatives, policy makers and the University populace. The website provides publications and research conducted at the center as well as relevant links.

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy is an organization that supports farmers, fair and sustainable food production, and healthy food systems. IATP also strives to promote healthy, humane and environmentally friendly global trade agreements and domestic farm and food policies.

The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas School of Law

The National Agricultural Law Center is an independent agricultural law research and information institute funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture which focuses on national and international agricultural food law.

The Yale Sustainable Food Project

The Yale Sustainable Food Project is a joint endeavor of Yale University Dining Services, students, faculty and administrators. The project seeks to further knowledge about what we eat and how it is produced while emphasizing the pleasure of growing, cooking and sharing food. The Sustainable Food Project hopes to serve as a model for sustainable food service programs throughout the world.

University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

This website gives a general overview of the practice and policies of sustainable agriculture.

U.S. Food Policy Blog

U.S. Food Policy is a blog that discusses U.S. food policy and economics from a public interest perspective.

The food industry perspective is represented in a variety of ways on the internet. There is information on specific food products and on which companies are owned by others. This can be obtained from company websites (,,, and are examples). The large agribusiness companies also have their own websites (,,, and are examples).

Trade Associations

Some trade associations represent large segments of the food industry, such as the Grocery Manufactures of America and the National Restaurant Association. Others represent groups of businesses selling similar products, such as the American Beverage Association, which represents Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Cadbury Schweppes, and others. Finally, still other trade organizations represent many smaller components of the food industry. Examples of each type are listed below:

American Baker's Association
American Beverage Association
American Cheese Society
American Dairy Association
American Egg Board
American Feed Industry Association
American Frozen Food Institute
American Meat Institute
American Seed Trade Association
American Sheep Industry Association
American Soybean Association
American Spice Trade Association
American Wholesale Marketers Assn.
California Fig Advisory Board
Chocolate Manufacturers Association
Corn Refiners Association
Food Marketing Institute
Grocery Manufacturers Association
International Bottled Water Association
International Cocoa Organization
International Confectionery Association
International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Assn.
International Dairy Foods Assn.
International Natural Sausage Casing Assn.
International Sugar Organization
Irish Food Board
Maine Lobster Promotional Council
National Association of Wheat Growers
National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn.
National Confectioners Association
National Corn Growers Association
National Dairy Council
National Fisheries Institute
National Growers Association
National Meat Association
National Pasta Association
National Pork Board
National Pork Producers Council
National Renderers Association
National Restaurant Association
National Turkey Federation
North American Meat Processors Assn.
North American Millers' Association
Organic Trade Association
Peanut & Tree Nut Processors Assn.
Produce Marketing Association
Refrigerated Foods Association
Retail Confectioners International
Retail Bakers of America
Rice Producers Association
Salt Institute
Snack Food Association
Sugar Association
Texas Beef Council
United Fresh Produce Association
United States Potato Board
USA Dry Peas, Lentils, and Chickpeas
USA Poultry & Egg Export Council
US Meat Export Federation
US Poultry & Egg Association
Washington Apple Commission
Wheat Foods Council
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board