What is Food Policy?

What is Food Policy?

Food policy is the area of public policy concerning how food is:

  • produced
  • processed
  • distributed
  • purchased


Food policies are designed to influence the operation of the food and agriculture system.

This often includes decision-making around: production and processing techniques, marketing, availability, utilization and consumption of food, in the interest of meeting or furthering social objectives.

Food policy can be addressed at many levels:

  • from local to global
  • by a government agency
  • business
  • organization


Food policymakers engage in activities such as regulation of food-related industries, ensuring safety of the food supply and food labeling.