About

Our Mission

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good. 

Our Vision

Our vision is a global environment where credible science drives food policy and consumer choice. 

Our Philosophy

We subscribe to Ten Guiding Principles as we work to help improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Our Standards 

Incorporated as a public education organization in 1991 and based in Washington, D.C., the IFIC Foundation is formally recognized as a §501(c)(3) not-for-profit under the U.S. Tax Code. We do not lobby or further any political, partisan, or corporate interest. We maintain certain standards to assure our commitment to science-based information. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for additional information.  

Our Stakeholders

We bring together, work with, and provide information to consumers, health and nutrition professionals, educators, government officials, and food, beverage, and agricultural industry professionals.  We have established partnerships with a wide range of credible professional organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions to advance the public understanding of key issues.  For example, we have a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion as part of the Dietary Guidelines Alliance, a public-private partnership focused on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the MyPlate Food Guidance System, and resources such as the “It’s All About You” toolkit. 

Recognizing the global nature of food safety, nutrition, and health issues, the Foundation extends its mission internationally.  We collaborate with an independent network of Food Information Organizations (FIOs), international food safety and health leaders, and partners from around the world.  See our FAQs for more details.

We also serve as a news media resource. We provide science-based information to the media and refer journalists to our 400+ independent, credentialed experts on a variety of nutrition and food safety topics.

Website Content and Advertisement

All content on this website is non-commercial. The IFIC Foundation does not accept any paid advertising (links, banners, content, etc.) for FoodInsight.org. All content is written, edited or reviewed by the staff of the IFIC Foundation. Any questions about the content of this website should be directed to the website administrator.

 

Our Work and Impact

The following examples demonstrate the variety of valuable programs, initiatives, and products that we offer to deliver impact.

Our website, www.FoodInsight.org, serves as a nutrition and food safety resource for consumers, health professionals, journalists, educators, government officials, and students.  We provide important, timely, and consumer-friendly resources on a variety of topics such as weight management, diet (food) and health, food safety, food production, international food issues, and science communications.

We leverage a variety of technologies to reach consumers, and our social media followers—on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn—are in the tens of thousands.

Our Food Advocates Communicating Through Science (FACTS) Network is a global, interactive network of tens of thousands of people, formed to offer clarification on the growing tide of deceptive advice and misleading statistics that define a large portion of today’s food and nutrition dialogue. Made up of scientists, healthcare experts, food advocates, and consumers, FACTS provides scientific conclusions and compelling insight from experts, correcting common misperceptions about modern food production, food safety, nutrition, health and wellness. Click here to join our FACTS Network.

We help our stakeholders stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends.  With thousands of subscribers, our regular Food Insight email newsletter contains information-packed articles and news.  Click here to subscribe to this timely and free publication.

We conduct consumer research on public opinion about food safety, nutrition, and health and share the results with stakeholders and the public. Our annual IFIC Foundation Food & Health Survey provides information about how Americans connect the food they eat with their health. Recent surveys have explored topics such as healthy aging, feeding children birth to 24 months, GMO labeling and online shopping. The survey results also help shape public health communication and education initiatives, and can help measure progress toward public health goals.

We strive to educate consumers about the entire food system, from farm to fork. Our Understanding Our Food Communications Tool Kit helps communicate the facts about modern food production, food processing, and processed foods, and guides consumers and clients to make the best food choices for their overall health and lifestyles.  Through the Alliance to Feed the Future, coordinated by the International Food Information Council, we are educating the consumers of tomorrow.  We make available free educational curricula, including for K–8 teachers about “The Science of Feeding the World” and Grades 7-10 teachers on “Bringing Biotechnology to Life.”

As a public education foundation, we are committed to helping the next generation of nutrition and food safety communicators.  The Sylvia Rowe Fellowship Award, named in honor of our former President and CEO, was established to give promising students and recent graduates a six- to twelve-week paid internship at our offices in Washington, D.C., in order to enhance their capabilities and communication skills.

Staff

Joseph Clayton
Chief Executive Officer
Alyssa Ardolino, RD
Coordinator, Nutrition Communications
Silvia Dumitrescu
Vice President, Communications
Stephanie Ferguson
Senior Manager, Operations & Meetings
Anthony "Tony" Flood
Senior Director, Food Ingredient Communications
Kamilah Guiden
Manager, Digital Media
Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling
Vice President, Research and Partnerships
Megan Meyer, PhD
Director, Science Communications
Tamika Sims, PhD
Director, Food Technology Communications
Kris Sollid, RD
Senior Director, Nutrition Communications
Allison Webster, PhD, RD
Associate Director, Nutrition Communications
 

Guiding Principles

Funding and Governance:

  • The majority of our funding for the IFIC Foundation comes from IFIC which is a 501(C)(6) organization.
  • We do not speak for or represent, any company, industry, product or brand.
  • We are nonpartisan and do not endorse any political party, elected official, or candidate for elective office. We do not provide contributions to political campaigns, hold fundraisers, or have a Political Action Committee (PAC).
  • We do not lobby or advocate for legislation or regulations.
  • We do not endorse products or accept advertising.

Fulfilling our mission:

The IFIC Foundation’s mission is to communicate science-based information on nutrition, agriculture, food safety and health in a transparent and actionable way that enables people to make informed choices.

Furthering scientific values:

The IFIC Foundation is committed to promoting the values of transparency, honesty and scientific integrity. Foundation communications are based on peer-reviewed science that reflects the views of the scientific community at large.

Understanding the public:

Insights drawn from consumer research are fundamental to effectively reaching the public. The IFIC Foundation researches consumer attitudes and behaviors and makes the findings and the funding of the research public. The IFIC Foundation often works in partnerships across sectors on its research and encourages input from government agencies, NGOs, academics and professional organizations.

Informing the public dialogue:

The IFIC Foundation translates and shares the science behind issues related to nutrition, agriculture, food safety and health with interested stakeholders, agencies and the public.

The IFIC Foundation submits public comments and provides testimony on relevant food and public health issues using IFIC Foundation consumer research data as the framework for this input.

Engaging with key scientific experts and key organizations:

Collaboration with credible, independent and recognized organizations and experts is critical in providing the most accurate information to the public. The IFIC Foundation enlists these stakeholders for input, collaborates with experts on its consumer research and serves as a convener and partner with key stakeholders. Additionally, the IFIC Foundation leverages the expertise of its Board of Trustees drawn from the academic, government and private sector communities.

Connecting the experts:

The public benefits from food, nutrition, agriculture and food safety expertise. The IFIC Foundation identifies and connects well-qualified individuals, academics and organizations to journalists seeking the most credible and current scientific knowledge.

Board of Trustees

Robert Gravani, Ph.D. (Chairman)
Department of Food Science, Cornell University
Nancy M. Childs, PhD (Vice Chair)
Professor of Food Marketing and Peck Fellowship, Saint Joseph's University
Adam Clayton Powell III (Secretary)
Senior Fellow and Director, USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, University of Southern California, and President, Public Diplomacy Council
James E. Conlan (Treasurer Ex Officio)
(Retired) External Affairs Director, Mars, Incorporated
C. Daniel (Dan) Azzara, Ph.D.
Alan R. Warehime Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
Regan Lucas Bailey, PhD, RD, MPH, CPH
Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University
Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA
18th Surgeon General of the United States
Philippe Caradec
Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, The Dannon Company, Inc.
Lowell Catlett, Ph.D.
Regents Professor and Dean, Emeritus of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University
Fergus M. Clydesdale, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Food Science Policy Alliance, University of Massachusetts
Russell Dyer
Vice President, Global Communications, Mondelēz International
John D. Fernstrom, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Pharmacology/Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Simin Meydani, DVM, PhD
Vice Provost of Research, Tufts University
Timothy Sellnow, PhD
Professor of Strategic Communication, University of Central Florida
Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD
Professor, Public Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Maha Tahiri, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University
Robert L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nancy Wellman, Ph,D., R.D. (Chair Emeritus)
Professor (Retired) of Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University

Public Liaisons

Jackie Haven
Deputy Director, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Dr. William Hoffman
Chief of Staff, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
David M. Klurfeld, PhD
National Program Leader for Human Nutrition, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Partners and Supporters

Partners: IFIC and the IFIC Foundation have worked in partnership with...

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Society for NutritionAmerican Veterinary Medical Association
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
    • Food Safety Cooperation Forum Partnership Training Institute Network
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Consumer Federation of America Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
  • Institute for the Future
  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners 
  • National Institutes of Health 
  • National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging, Florida 
  • Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at University of California-Davis 
  • School Nutrition Association
  • Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation 
  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum 
  • U.S. Agency for International Development 
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • U.S. Department of State 
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

IFIC Supporters: IFIC is supported by the following companies from the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries

  • Abbott Nutrition
  • Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
  • Barilla Group
  • Bayer CropScience LP
  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Chobani
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Compass Group
  • Danone North America PBC
  • DowDuPont
  • DSM
  • Ferrero USA
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • Heartland Food Products Group
  • The Hershey Company
  • HYET Sweet
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • McCormick & Company, Inc.
  • McDonald's
  • Mondelēz International
  • PepsiCo
  • Red Bull North America
  • Yum! Brands
  • Zoetis