"Farm to Fork, Coast to Coast" is our summer listening tour where NCFPD will be heading across the country to engage with our stakeholders, collaborators, and partners to find out what your current food protection challenges and needs are. Let us know if you are interested in a tour date!
News & Events
JUN 2013A Look Into China’s Grain Insecurities.
China’s food security issues are a long-standing concern, but the recent instability surrounding the country’s grain production and consumption gives rise to a new discussion. China’s increased dependency on grain imports could have a great impact on the global food markets because China’s total demand of grains is relatively large compared to the total size of globally traded grain markets.
Welcome to the Center.
The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004. A multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, NCFPD addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system to attack through intentional contamination with biological or chemical agents.
NCFPD's research and education program is aimed at reducing the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain and mitigating potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of such attacks. The program incorporates cutting-edge research across a wide range of disciplines, taking a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system and encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.
From our Blog
In the old days, agriculture meant feeding Minnesota. Today it means feeding the world and protecting the planet's food supply from disease and determined terrorists; our federally funded National Center for Food Protection and Defense does just that.University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler