The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is marking a very special milestone this year: our 25th anniversary! Founded in 1991, the IFIC Foundation has led the way on communicating the science on food safety, nutrition, and health issues.
Our success has been made possible thanks to our engagement and collaboration with a multitude of stakeholders, including journalists, health and nutrition professionals, educators, government officials, credible professional organizations and societies, academicians, our independent international network of Food Information Organizations and partners from around the world, the IFIC Foundation Board of Trustees, and current and former IFIC Foundation staff, fellows, and interns.
Most importantly, we want to recognize and thank a key audience: our thousands of Food Insight Newsletter readers like you who believe in our mission and share our messages. Some of you may remember when we used to mail out our monthly newsletter and have witnessed our continued transformation to this e-newsletter, the launch of three versions (1.0, 2.0, 3.0) of our FoodInsight.org website—and now a plethora of communication tools to ensure we are, and continue to be, the cutting-edge, science-based communications organization.
We know that 2016 will be a big year for conversations on food. Starting with the release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Jan. 7, the IFIC Foundation has been keeping you informed and engaged.
Also this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be releasing a revised Nutrition Facts label. More and more conversations will be taking place on the trends of how and what we eat, the safety of our food supply, new technologies, consumer expectations, and the continued release of monographs from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Diet, health, exercise, modern food production, and agriculture conversations will be connected to events as diverse as the Olympics and the U.S. presidential election.
As we look to our next 25 years (and beyond), the IFIC Foundation wants to ensure that you are part of our efforts. We invite you to have more and more conversations with us and with those in your online and in-person communities.
Join us on our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, and our 50,000+ (and growing) Food Advocates Communicating Through Science (FACTS) grassroots network. Together, we can ensure the conversation is credible, balanced, and informed. Thanks for helping us serve up 25 years of Food Insights, with many more to come!
Kimberly Reed is president of the IFIC Foundation.