Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding The Center for Food Integrity. If you have additional questions or comments, or if you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us here.

What is The Center for Food Integrity?

The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) is a not-for-profit organization that works to build consumer trust and confidence in today's food system.

CFI provides leadership in building public understanding and support that producing the food we need using fewer resources through responsible production, processing and distribution is the ethical choice that is right for people, animals and the planet.


Why was the organization formed?

The Center for Food Integrity was established in 2007 to serve as a resource where interested parties can find accurate, balanced information and engage in constructive dialogue about food system issues. Recognizing that continuous improvements are expected in today’s society, CFI provides individuals or groups interested in the food system with a forum to address common issues.

CFI believes the entire food system can learn from individual companies or associations that have embraced sound principles and modeled best practices. Principles and practices that are ethically grounded, scientifically verified and economically viable help the entire system improve performance, increasing consumer trust and confidence in today's food system.

What is the primary mission of CFI?

The Center for Food Integrity's mission is to build consumer trust and confidence in today's food system by sharing accurate, balanced information, correcting misinformation, highlighting best practices and engaging stakeholders to address issues that are important to consumers.

How is CFI different than other organizations working within the food system?

CFI is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a board of directors. CFI does not lobby or advocate for individual food companies or brands. We believe that food system practices must be ethically grounded, scientifically verified, and economically viable. Without a balance of these three elements, systems cannot be truly sustainable.

Who are the members of CFI?

Ranging from farmers planting fields of grain to your favorite dining destination, our members are united by a goal of developing greater consumer trust in today’s food system. Our more than 50 members represent each segment of the food production – farmers, ranchers, processors, restaurants, and companies that deliver food products under local, regional and global brand names, and government. Click here for CFI's member roster.

What programs does CFI offer?

CFI’s annual Consumer Trust Survey has tracked how the food system is viewed by consumers since 2007. The research provides a better understanding of the consuming public’s attitudes and tests messages and programs with specific population segments.

Our annual Food System Summit attracts leaders from across the food chain and provides a platform for meaningful dialogue to better understand the issues challenging today’s food system. CFI’s Animal Ag Committee is a national network of well informed and highly motivated organizations and individuals working collaboratively to build trust in animal agriculture.

The Center also houses a wide array of programs that include:

  • A unique media monitoring system that allows users to conduct analysis on media coverage of issues important to them
  • A web site offering balanced, objective information on current food system issues
  • An initiative to link academic agricultural experts with media and other stakeholders
  • A multi-state effort using a promotional sweepstakes as a hook to drive urban and suburban consumers to online information about today’s food system
  • A training curriculum to provide agricultural producers with the tools needed to constructively engage with the public
How can my organization become a CFI member?

CFI member organizations can be part of a unified effort to build consumer trust and confidence in today's food system. Please contact us to learn about the benefits that may be available to CFI members.