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.
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans asserts nutritional needs should be met with foods and beverages that are nutrient dense, but what does this mean and how does it translate to better overall health and a reduction in the risk of diet-related chronic diseases?
IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) recently submitted comments to the U.S. FDA on behalf of the science of food community regarding the Food Traceability Proposed Rule. Here's the highlights.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its annual “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce,” containing the notorious Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists. Just how risky are pesticide residues on the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables? IFT Fellow Dr. Carl Winters sheds some light on this question.