Food Allergy Research Funding
The Need for Public Support
Some 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. This potentially deadly disease affects one in every 13 children in the U.S. That's roughly two in every classroom. Furthermore, many more Americans are living with food allergies today than ever before, and with more severe consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there was an 18 percent increase in food allergy between 1997 and 2007 and every three minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. The numbers are growing and becoming more serious -- but there is no clear answer as to why.
The increasing impact of food allergies is being felt in schools, playgrounds, restaurants, workplaces and emergency care facilities and constitutes a growing public health issue with substantial financial, educational and medical implications.
Yet the resources dedicated to identifying the source and a cure for food allergies has not kept pace with the increasing incidence and its impact. Total governmental support, including the National Institutes of Health, with a budget of over $30 billion, supports just over $30 million in food allergy research. ** Private sources, like FARE, provide limited additional research support. That is less than $2.00 in annual research funding for every American living with a potentially life-threatening food allergy.
Food Allergy Research & Education, along with the millions patients and parents suffering from food allergies strongly urge Congress to support a (20% - $5.6 million) increase in funding dedicated to finding the source and cure for food allergies.
** The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded approximately $28 million in food allergy research in FY 2012 and the Department of Defense has supported modest food allergy research grants.