What is in food? How does this vary based on farming practices? How is climate change impacting food composition? What are implications for human health?
While food is at the center of the world’s most urgent challenges and largest opportunities, our understanding of the complete chemical profile of what is in food, and how this varies, is largely unexplored. Unlocking knowledge about the complete chemical diversity of food can inform solutions to build more sustainable and equitable communities that nourish human and planetary health.
‘Foodomics’— the application of omics-technology to characterize and quantify biomolecules to improve wellbeing—has the potential to comprehensively elucidate what is in food, how this composition varies across the food system, and how diet composition guides outcomes for nutrition, health, and sustainability.
This side event features efforts of the Periodic Table of Food Initiative, a participatory effort to create a globally shared open-access foodomics platform. We will engage participants to map out: (i) challenges and opportunities of evaluating food composition and biochemical profiling; (ii) application of foodomics as a complementary data-driven approach for nutrition and sustainable diets and; (iii) needs and opportunities to strengthen capacity of students, scientists, and practitioners to create data-driven solutions for revolutionizing human and planetary health.
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