Sunday, March 13, 2011
White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health
A pivotal moment in food journalism occurred with the 1969 with the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health. According to a government report: “Several landmark policy efforts with profound and lasting effects emerged from this conference, including expansions of the food stamp program, food labeling, and the school lunch program.”
The conference ultimately issued an official report. In 1988, Milwaukee Journal food editor Peggy Daum wrote of that meeting: “The ripple effect of that meeting is still being felt today. It has been referred to as the Vatican II of the food world.”
There was another meeting in 2000.