Each year The Center for Food Integrity North American Strategy Conference on Animal Agriculture brings together organizations and companies from across North America to collaborate on strategies to build consumer trust for food animal agriculture.

Sponsored by the United Soybean Board, the 2015 conference will be held at Hamburger University, McDonald’s Campus, in Oak Brook, Illinois, from 1 p.m., Tues., May 12, through 12 p.m., Wed., May 13.

This year’s conference will focus on sustainability, transparency and engaging consumers to encourage informed decision-making.

The agenda includes a deeper dive into the recently completed three-year study by the CFI Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES) on the tradeoffs of various hen housing systems. The Coalition is a multi-stakeholder group comprised of leading animal welfare scientists, academic institutions, non-government organizations, egg suppliers, and restaurant/foodservice and food retail companies.

 

Attendees will learn more about the study, the approach and the results, and hear from experts who will offer their perspectives on the CSES model and how it can be applied to other areas in animal agriculture.

 

The conference also includes a consumer panel with a focus on antibiotic use in food animals. Seven Chicago-area consumers will share their thoughts and field questions from the audience.   

There is no cost to attend the conference. To register and view the full agenda log on to www.foodintegrity.org/events/2015strategy. Rooms are available at the on-campus Hyatt Lodge. Click on the hotel link for reservations.