food systems Tag

The Periodic Table of Food Initiative (PTFI) plans to characterize and quantify the biochemical components in food to catalyze major breakthroughs in nutrition and agriculture. The Initiative is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and its public charity RF Catalytic Capital Inc., the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and the Seerave Foundation, and facilitated by the American Heart Association® and the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture). According to a press release, the Initiative "will use technology to help develop a food system that more efficiently uses land resources, provides improved nutrition and respects the diversity...

Purdue University's Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability has introduced a new, monthly Consumer Food Insights Report. It includes a new Sustainable Food Purchasing Index that offers insight into how sustainability and health relate to consumer behaviors. It is a self-reported assessment of how consumer shopping habits correspond with healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The Sustainable Food Purchasing Index value for January is 67/100. The score reflects consumer food purchasing that aligns with a set of key recommendations for healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The index includes six components correlating with different strategies for achieving food system...

An interactive dashboard tool developed by Purdue University tallies inputs needed for different food industries, provides the share of total cost of upstream inputs and labor, and evaluates the risk of several different food industries based on a diversity score. The meat industry has the worst diversity score, meaning it is the most vulnerable. The dashboards are part of a portfolio of public dashboards created through Purdue's Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability and designed to inform industry leaders and policymakers about how to protect food supplies....

The National Restaurant Association's annual What's Hot Culinary Forecast predicts that healthy foods will be the trend for restaurant menus in the coming year. Specifically, some of the top trends include foods believed to have immunity-boosting qualities and plant-based sandwiches. Another trend is more sustainable packaging for food, including reusable and recyclable packages....

Voters in Maine approved an amendment to the state's constitution specifying that all people have a "natural, inherent and unalienable right" to grow, raise, produce, and consume food of their own choosing as long as they do so within legal parameters, reports The Washington Post. Maine has paced the nation with food sovereignty legislation, and the current measure is aimed at giving communities more control over local food supplies. Supporters of the amendment say it will reduce hunger and protect the food system from corporate control. Opponents say the vague wording of the amendment could lead to problems with animal...