WASHINGTON, June 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recognizing the
importance of focused and intentional efforts for the advancement of food
science and technology, the Institute of Food Technologists' 2007
Congressional Support for Science Award will be presented here today to
U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.
The award is presented annually by the Institute of Food Technologists, the
not-for-profit scientific society for food science and technology.
The IFT Congressional Support for Science Award acknowledges
distinguished service by legislator, policy-maker or advocate for advancing
the role of science and technology in food and agricultural policies.
Criteria also considered include sustained attention to the scientific
integrity of food and nutrition or health issues. The award is presented
annually to two members of Congress as an acknowledgment for outstanding
contributions to science-based food policies during the previous year.
As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as committee
Chairman during the 109th Congress, Chambliss has overseen policy affecting
the safety, affordability and production of the nation's food supply. He
has helped conduct hearings on issues such as school nutrition, food
biotechnology, food safety, and livestock production, and has focused on
improving federal support for food and agricultural research.
As ranking Republican on the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and
Forestry, "Senator Chambliss has consistently supported sound agricultural
policies and has earned the reputation as an expert on agricultural
issues," according to IFT President Dennis R. Heldman. "He maintains a
critical focus on improving federal support for food and agricultural
Alongside Chambliss, Sen. Lincoln serves on the Committee on
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, among other committees. In this
service, she has a voice on national priorities like farm policy, hunger,
nutrition, alternative energy and education.
"Senator Lincoln recognizes the importance of policy affecting food and
nutrition, thereby recognizing the need for increased funding for food and
nutrition research," said Heldman. "She maintains an essential focus on
improving and safeguarding the nation's food supply."
Lincoln recently drafted and saw adopted Senate legislation to enhance
the safety of aquaculture and seafood imports. She founded and currently
chairs the bipartisan Senate Hunger Caucus, which serves as a forum through
which senators collaborate on national and international hunger-related
Prior recipients of the IFT Congressional Support for Science Award are:
Sen. Robert Bennett (Utah) -- 2006
Rep. Bob Etheridge (N.C.) -- 2006
Sen. Kit Bond (Mo.) -- 2005
Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.) -- 2005
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) -- 2004
Rep. Henry Bonilla (Tex.) -- 2004
Rep. Rush Holt (N.J.) -- 2003
Rep. Frank Lucas (Okla.) -- 2003
Rep. Nick Smith (Mich.) -- 2002
Rep. Charles Stenholm (Tex.) -- 2002
Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.) -- 2001
Sen. Richard Durbin (Ill.) -- 2001
IFT will recognize and present these two congressional leaders their
awards during a reception at the U.S. Capitol, Lyndon B. Johnson Room,
Founded in 1939, and with world headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, USA,
the Institute of Food Technologists is a not-for-profit international
scientific society with 22,000 members working in food science, technology
and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the
society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to the
public discussion of food issues. For more on IFT, see ift.org.
SOURCE Institute of Food Technologists