National Conclave on Food: What’s on our plate?

Date: March 15, 2019

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) organised a day-long national conclave on food. The conclave focused on two broad themes: sustainable food production and regulated food promotion. Under these, it touched upon topics ranging from pesticide management, organic farming and use of antibiotics in food to labelling, claims and advertisements of ultra-processed packaged foods (junk foods).

The deliberations also covered food-related policies in view of the crisis of antimicrobial resistance and non-communicable diseases.

For more information, contact: Sukanya Nair of The CSE Media Resource Centre, / 8816818864.



New Delhi, March 15, 2019:
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Sunil Gupta, Additional Director, National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi

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Dr Rajeshwari Sinha, Deputy Programme Manager, Food Safety and Toxins, CSE

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Dr. Robin J. Paul, Quality Manager- State Laboratory for Livestock, Marine and Agri Products, Department of Animal Husbandry, Kerala

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Dr. Pankaj Shukla, State Nodal officer Quality Assurance, NHM Madhya Pradesh

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Amit Khurana, Programme Director, Food Safety and Toxins, CSE

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Vineet Kumar, Programme Officer, Food Safety and Toxins, CSE

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T. Vijay Kumar, Advisor, (Agriculture and Coop), and, Vice Chairman, Rythu sadhikara samstha Govt of A.P

Civil society based quality assurance of organic food

Kapil Shah, Director, Jatan Trust, Gujarat

Food claims: A strategy to promote processed food consumption

Shweta Khandelwal, Head, Nutrition Research at the Public Health Foundation of India

Food advertising: A hidden cause of obesity

Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Professor and Associate Dean, Department of Marketing, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Impact of food advertisements on children

Uday K Sinha, Head and Additional Professor, Department of Psychology, Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences, Delhi

HFSS food advertisements: Need for regulations

Sonal Dhingra, Deputy Programme Manager, Food Safety and Toxins, CSE

Food advertisements targeted at children: Role of advertising agencies

Sashwati Banerjee, Senior Advisor, Sesame Workshop India

Ultra-processed foods and hypertension among school children

Rajiv Narang, Professor, Department of Cardiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi

School Canteen Policy: Where do we stand?

Sonam Taneja, Programme Manager, Food Safety and Toxins, CSE

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Priyank Kanoongo, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Delhi

The Making of Kerala Antimicrobial Resistance Strategic Action Plan-[KARSAP]

Rajeev Sadanandan, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala

Addressing Antibiotic misuse in food and Antimicrobial Resistance

Rama Sankar Naik, I.A.S. (Re), E.O. Commissioner of Fisheries, A.P.

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