I.F.T. recognizes U.S. Senators Chambliss and Lincoln

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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CHICAGO — The recipients of the Institute of Food Technologists’ 2007 Congressional Support for Science Award are U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

Mr. Chambliss has overseen policy affecting the safety, affordability and production of the nation’s food supply as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and committee chairman during the 109th Congress. As a part of his work, he has helped conduct hearings on school nutrition, food biotechnology, food safety and livestock production. He also has worked to improve federal support for food and agricultural research.

"Senator Chambliss has consistently supported sound agricultural policies and has earned the reputation as an expert on agricultural issues," said Dennis R. Heldman, I.F.T. president. "He maintains a critical focus on improving federal support for food and agricultural research."

Ms. Lincoln also serves with Mr. Chambliss on the Committee on Agricultural, Nutrition and Forestry and has worked to be a voice on farm policy, hunger, nutrition, alternative energy and education. She also drafted and saw to adoption senate legislation to increase the safety of aquaculture and seafood imports. Additionally, she founded and is currently chairing the Senate Hunger Caucus, a bipartisan forum for senators to collaborate on national and international hunger issues.

"Senator Lincoln recognizes the importance of policy affecting food and nutrition, thereby recognizing the need for increased funding for food and nutrition research," Mr. Heldman said. "She maintains an essential focus on improving and safeguarding the nation’s food supply."

The I.F.T.’s Congressional Support for Science Award is presented each year to two members of Congress to recognize outstanding contributions to science-based food policies during the previous year.

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