Conferences and Events
Each year, Consumer Federation of America’s Consumer Assembly serves as the consumer movement’s principal meeting where issues are debated and new initiatives are presented. Since the Assembly’s inception in 1967, thousands of consumer activists and representatives of cooperatives, trade unions, business, government, and the press have participated in this annual conference.
The National Food Policy Conference is a key national gathering for those interested in agriculture, food and nutrition policy. It explores the critical food policy issues of the day with an unusually diverse mix of policymakers, advocates and scientists. Major speakers include cabinet members and leaders on food and agriculture policy on Capitol Hill.
For over 50 years the Consumer Federation of America has worked to advance the consumer interest on a wide range of issues central to the health, safety, and financial well-being of consumers. Our success over the years would not have been possible without the efforts and support of allies in government, media, and other consumer organizations who have fought to advance pro-consumer policies, shined a spotlight on consumer abuses, and joined us in the campaign to right consumer wrongs. For the past 49 years, CFA has recognized these champions with presentations of the Philip Hart Public Service, Esther Peterson Consumer Service, and Betty Furness Consumer Media Service awards.
Federal and state policy makers and regulators continue to address pressing banking, insurance, investment, and real estate issues affecting consumers, after more than two decades of financial services deregulation and reregulation. To keep consumer advocates and educators informed about these issues, the Consumer Federation of America presents an annual conference on financial services, planned with the assistance of consumer groups and the financial services industry.
In keeping with the national effort to contain the COVID-19 virus, CFA’s National Food Policy Conference gatherings have moved online. Because programming for our online events is necessarily abbreviated, we have added a series of speaker and panel discussions throughout the year, under the title Virtual National Food Policy Conference Series. Our next VNFPC Series event will explore how behavioral science research shows that an individual’s diet depends on a wide variety of psychological and environmental factors.