Who We Are
The Food Policy Institute (FPI) is an academic research unit of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, that addresses food policy issues. Our mission is to bring the depth of academia’s knowledge to bear on pressing issues and challenges facing the food system by providing timely and relevant research that is responsive to the needs of government, industry and the consumer.
While our focus is the Mid-Atlantic region, we embrace an inclusive view of the food system that applies to all geographies. We define the food system as one that operates “from farm to fork” and encompasses the increasingly interdependent processes of how food is regulated, produced, distributed, sold and consumed.
Recognizing that none of these processes exist in a vacuum, we view our role in food policy research as supporting public and private decision makers who shape aspects of the food system within which government, agriculture, industry and the consumer interact. FPI is a one-of-a-kind resource for comprehensive and objective research related to food regulation, legislation, production, distribution and consumption locally, nationally and globally.