Food and Agriculture

Background

Significant shifts in trade, technological advances and changing consumer preferences have placed new demands on the agro-food chain.  Intergovernmental bodies will be challenged to uphold the values of free trade through the application of sound science, while ensuring consumer confidence in the global food supply.

Objective

Promote an open and efficient global food system by providing industry expertise to government officials working to eliminate existing barriers to agricultural trade and investment; foster coordination among organizations working to ensure a safe food supply, meaningful food security and enhanced environmental sustainability.

Current Priorities

  • Through the BIAC Committee on Food and Agriculture, provide industry input into the work of the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate.
  • Ensure the OECD’s project on the economics of the prevention of lifestyle related chronic diseases to reflect input from the US food and beverage companies.
  • Advocate for APEC to improve and implement the APEC Food System.
  • Provide business industry input for the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development meetings.
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Chair

Vacant

Staff

Helen Medina
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
212-703-5047 or hmedina@uscib.org

Kira Yevtukhova
Policy and Program Associate
212-703-5082 or kyevtukhova@uscib.org

Recent Accomplishments

  • Secured speaking roles for US business representatives at the OECD Symposium entitled “What Future for the Agriculture and Food Sector.”
  • Organized meetings with OECD Health Secretariat to provide input for the OECD’s project on the economics of the prevention of lifestyle related chronic diseases which resulted in having US food and beverage industries comments reflected in the most recent OECD report on “Summary of findings and policy implications concerning the prevention of chronic diseases linked to unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles.”
  • Met with US government officials to discuss US engagement in OECD and provided US food and agriculture industry perspective to various OECD projects.

Please use the links below to explore recent statements and reports, news stories on USCIB’s website, and media coverage related to our work.

News Stories

un_headquarters_lo-res USCIB in the News: Op-ed in The Hill on UN Funding (1/11/2017) - USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson published a timely op-ed in The Hill addressing calls in Congress to withhold funding for the United Nations.
Healthy food in heart and cholesterol diet concept Successful Policies to Fight Obesity (7/5/2016) - Are there any successful policies and programs to fight overweight and obesity? USCIB responded to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Global Forum request for answers to this important question.

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Staff Contact:   Helen Medina

VP, Product Policy and Innovation
Tel: 212.703.5047

Helen Medina manages USCIB’s work on product policy, food and agriculture, health care and intellectual property. Prior to joining USCIB, Medina was assistant director for international affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association in Washington, D.C., where she promoted U.S. dairy interests in free trade discussions, including the World Trade Organization Doha Round negotiations. Previously, she was a trade consultant for Consultants International Group in Washington, D.C. and also worked at the U.S. Consulate General in Florence, Italy.
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