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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2015. Data and Research to Improve the U.S. Food Availability System and Estimates of Food Loss: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18978.
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Appendix B

Agenda

DATA AND RESEARCH TO IMPROVE THE U.S. FOOD AVAILABILITY DATA SYSTEM AND ESTIMATES OF FOOD LOSS A WORKSHOP

April 8 and 9, 2014
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The National Academy of Sciences
500 5th Street NW
Conference Room 201

Objectives:

  • Evaluate the data sources and underlying calculations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service core Food Availability (FA) data series, Loss-Adjusted Food Availability (LAFA) data series, and the food loss estimates produced in the series.
  • Explore and evaluate the potential use of other data sources for the FA data, LAFA data, and food loss conversion factors.
  • Develop an understanding of the range of uses of the data for reporting of statistics and trends, economic modeling, and other uses.
  • Contrast the content of the data series and calculation methods to international approaches.
  • Identify potential alternative approaches and possible improvements to the series based on alternative data sources and calculation methods.

This workshop is sponsored by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2015. Data and Research to Improve the U.S. Food Availability System and Estimates of Food Loss: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18978.
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DAY 1: TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM, CONFERENCE ROOM 201

8:00-8:30 AM Registration (conference room 201)
8:30-8:45 Welcome and Introductions

- Constance F. Citro (Director, Committee on National Statistics)

- Mary Muth (Committee Chair; RTI International)

8:45-9:00 Background for the Workshop
Motivation and Objectives for the Workshop

- Mary Bohman (Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture—Economic Research Service [USDA-ERS])

SESSION 1: Current Methods, Data, and Uses for the Food Availability System and Food Loss Estimates

MODERATOR: Cheryl Christensen (Chief of Food Security and Development, USDA-ERS)

9:00 AM Food Availability Data—Structure and Uses

- Mark Jekanowski (Chief, Crops Branch, USDA-ERS)

9:30 Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data—Structure and Uses and Food Loss Estimates

- Jean Buzby (Chief, Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch, USDA-ERS)

10:00 Q&A with Speakers
   
10:30 BREAK

SESSION 2: Historical and Current Uses of the Data for Economic Modeling and Reporting of Statistical Trends

MODERATOR: Sarah Nusser (Department of Statistics, Iowa State University)

11:00 AM The Food Availability Data System: Importance for Research

- Laurian Unnevehr (Professor Emerita, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

11:20 Economic Modeling of Food Consumption, Production, and Policy

- Helen Jensen (Professor, Iowa State University)

11:40 Q&A with Speakers
   
12:00 PM LUNCH
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2015. Data and Research to Improve the U.S. Food Availability System and Estimates of Food Loss: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18978.
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1:00 Using the Food Availability Data to Examine Issues of Nutrition and Diet Quality

- Susan Krebs-Smith (Chief, Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch, National Cancer Institute)

1:20 An Overview of Canadian Food Availability Estimates

- Tabitha Rich (Economist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

1:40 Q&A with Speakers
   
2:00 BREAK

SESSION 3: Alternative Approaches for Estimating Food Availability—International and Domestic

MODERATOR: Jay Variyam (Director, Food Economics Division, USDA-ERS)

2:30 Overview of FAO Methods

- Josef Schmidhuber (Deputy Director, Statistics Division, FAO)

2:50 Comparing and Reconciling Food Consumption from Household Surveys and Food Balance Sheets

- Klaus Grünberger (Consultant, Statistics Division, FAO)

3:10 Potential Uses of Scanner Data and Other Data Resources

- Aylin Kumcu (Agricultural Economist, Food Markets Branch, USDA-ERS)

3:30 Disaggregation of Food Mixtures in Nutrition Data

- Alanna Moshfegh (Research Leader, Food Surveys Research Group, USDA-ARS)

3:50 Facilitated Discussion with Panelists and Audience Discussant: Mary Muth (Committee Chair; RTI International)

Questions for Discussion:

  • Where are the most important knowledge gaps?
  • Do data exist to support research to fill any remaining substantial knowledge gaps?
  • If not, could such data be generated?
  • Are there lessons to be learned from other countries and international organizations?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2015. Data and Research to Improve the U.S. Food Availability System and Estimates of Food Loss: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18978.
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  • Are commodities and commodity groups treated the same within the FA and the LAFA data series?
  • What are the most promising opportunities in terms of new data for the FA data series, the LAFA data series, or the associated food loss estimates?
4:30 PM PLANNED ADJOURNMENT

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 8:30 AM-11:30 PM, CONFERENCE ROOM 201

8:30 AM Welcome Back and Brief Recap from Day 1

- Mary Muth (Committee Chair; RTI International)

SESSION 4: Alternative Approaches for Estimating Food Loss—International and Domestic

MODERATOR: Josef Schmidhuber (Deputy Director, Statistics Division, FAO)

8:40 Food Loss and Waste Protocol

- Kai Robertson (Lead Advisor, World Resources Institute)

9:00 A Model for Imputing Food Losses in Food Balance Sheets

- Klaus Grünberger (Consultant, Statistics Division, FAO)

9:20 Stocktaking of Food Waste in OECD Countries: How Policy Objectives Have Shaped Data Production

- Morvarid Bagherzadeh (Policy Analyst, OECD)

9:40 EPA Methods: Sample-Based and Food Availability-Based Methods

- Shelly Schneider (Principal Environmental Scientist, Franklin Associates)

10:00 Facilitated Discussion with Panelists and Audience Discussant: Jean Schwab (Senior Policy Advisor and Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Questions for Discussion:

  • Where are the most important knowledge gaps?
  • Do data exist to support research to fill any remaining substantial knowledge gaps?
  • If not, could such data be generated?
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2015. Data and Research to Improve the U.S. Food Availability System and Estimates of Food Loss: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18978.
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  • Are there lessons to be learned from other countries and international organizations?
  • Are commodities and commodity groups treated the same within the FA and the LAFA data series?
  • What are the most promising opportunities in terms of new data for the FA data series, the LAFA data series, or the associated food loss estimates?

Workshop Wrap-Up

10:40 Economic Framework for Evaluating the Implications of Food Loss and Waste

- Harry de Gorter (Professor, Cornell University)

11:00 Q&A
11:10 Final Thoughts

- Mary Muth (Committee Chair; RTI International)

- Jean Buzby (Chief, Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch, USDA-ERS)

   
11:30 AM PLANNED ADJOURNMENT

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Agenda." Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. 2015. Data and Research to Improve the U.S. Food Availability System and Estimates of Food Loss: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18978.
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The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Economic Research Service's (ERS) Food Availability Data System includes three distinct but related data series on food and nutrient availability for consumption. The data serve as popular proxies for actual consumption at the national level for over 200 commodities (e.g., fresh spinach, beef, and eggs). The core Food Availability (FA) data series provides data on the amount of food available, per capita, for human consumption in the United States with data back to 1909 for many commodities. The Loss-Adjusted Food Availability (LAFA) data series is derived from the FA data series by adjusting for food spoilage, plate waste, and other losses to more closely approximate 4 actual intake. The LAFA data provide daily estimates of the per capita availability amounts adjusted for loss (e.g., in pounds, ounces, grams, and gallons as appropriate), calories, and food pattern equivalents (i.e., "servings") of the five major food groups (fruit, vegetables, grains, meat, and dairy) available for consumption plus the amounts of added sugars and sweeteners and added fats and oils available for consumption. This fiscal year, as part of its initiative to systematically review all of its major data series, ERS decided to review the FADS data system. One of the goals of this review is to advance the knowledge and understanding of the measurement and technical aspects of the data supporting FADS so the data can be maintained and improved.

Data and Research to Improve the U.S. Food Availability System and Estimates of Food Loss is the summary of a workshop convened by the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council and the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine to advance knowledge and understanding of the measurement and technical aspects of the data supporting the LAFA data series so that these data series and subsequent food availability and food loss estimates can be maintained and improved. The workshop considered such issues as the effects of termination of selected Census Bureau and USDA data series on estimates for affected food groups and commodities; the potential for using other data sources, such as scanner data, to improve estimates of food availability; and possible ways to improve the data on food loss at the farm and retail levels and at restaurants. This report considers knowledge gaps, data sources that may be available or could be generated to fill gaps, what can be learned from other countries and international organizations, ways to ensure consistency of treatment of commodities across series, and the most promising opportunities for new data for the various food availability series.

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