Since the start of 2020, several agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), unveiled four strategic plans related to scientific research and innovations in agriculture, food safety, and nutrition. Each of these longer-term roadmaps aim to take food and agriculture to the next level. There is a discernable focus among each agency on multidisciplinary collaboration across the food value chain and strategically integrating science and technology.
Each of these multidisciplinary approaches serve to foster collaboration and innovation in food, agriculture, and nutrition. The role of science of food professionals are integral to executing each vision.
IFT is keenly aware of the need for funding food science research in the U.S., the importance of collaboration, and need for innovation, as illustrated by our report published in early 2020, and we will continue to advocate for funding.
IFT responds to scientific questions to be examined to support the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Specifically, “What is the relationship between consumption of dietary patterns with varying amounts of ultra-processed foods and growth, size, body composition, risk of overweight and obesity, and weight loss and maintenance?”
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