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Project Information

Project Information


Food Forum


Project Scope:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Food and Nutrition Board established the Food Forum in 1993 to allow selected science and technology leaders in the food industry, top administrators in the federal government, representatives from consumer interest groups, and academicians to periodically discuss and debate food and food related issues openly and in a neutral setting. The Forum provides a mechanism for these diverse groups to identify possible approaches for addressing food and food safety problems and issues surrounding the often complex interactions among industry, academia, regulatory agencies, and consumers.

The purpose of a Forum at the NASEM is to foster dialogue and discussion across sectors and institutions. Public forums offer a mechanism for convening individuals from a variety of government, academic, industry, and citizen groups and provide a structured opportunity for open communication among representatives of these groups. The objective, however, is to illuminate issues, not to resolve them. Unlike study committees of the NASEM, Forums cannot provide advice or recommendations to any government agency or other organization. Similarly, workshop summaries or other products resulting from forum activities are not intended to reach conclusions or recommendations but, instead, are to reflect the variety of opinions expressed by the participants.

Status: Current

PIN: HMD-FNB-18-P-12

RSO: Cook, Heather D.

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Food and Nutrition Board

Topic(s):

Food and Nutrition
Health and Medicine



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership


Sylvia M. Rowe - (Chair)
Wendy Boland
Eric A. Decker
M.R.C. Greenwood
Jean Halloran
Helen H. Jensen
Vivica I. Kraak
Roni Neff
S. S. Nielsen
Patrick J. Stover
Arti Arora - (Ex Officio Member)
Cindy Davis - (Ex Officio Member)
Joy Dubost - (Ex Officio Member)
Denise R. Eblen - (Ex Officio Member)
Naomi K. Fukagawa - (Ex Officio Member)
Kate J. Houston - (Ex Officio Member)
Wendy L. Johnson - (Ex Officio Member)
Renee Johnson - (Ex Officio Member)
Christina Khoo - (Ex Officio Member)
Catherine Kwik-Uribe - (Ex Officio Member)
Peter Lurie - (Ex Officio Member)
Christopher J. Lynch - (Ex Officio Member)
Susan T. Mayne - (Ex Officio Member)
Deirdre McGinley-Gieser - (Ex Officio Member)
Karen McIntyre - (Ex Officio Member)
Liz McKnight - (Ex Officio Member)
Megan Nechanicky - (Ex Officio Member)
Sarah Ohlhorst - (Ex Officio Member)
Jill Reedy - (Ex Officio Member)
Kristin Reimers - (Ex Officio Member)
Claudia Riedt - (Ex Officio Member)
Sharon A. Ross - (Ex Officio Member)
Pamela Starke-Reed - (Ex Officio Member)
Alison L. Steiber - (Ex Officio Member)
Cheryl Toner - (Ex Officio Member)
Dorothea K. Vafiadis - (Ex Officio Member)

Events



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

On August 7 and 8, the Food Forum hosted a workshop that explored current innovations in the food system. Workshop presenters discussed the dimensions of food systems and how to utilize innovations to meet the needs of small and large supply chains to support decision-making. The workshop included discussions on issues related to safety and sustainability, economic and social challenges and opportunities, innovative case examples, and strategies in reducing food waste.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  -
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
Agenda

Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

The Food Forum hosted a 1-hour a webinar titled "Current and Emerging Knowledge and Scientific Research on Non-nutritive Sweeteners" that provided a high-level overview of the current and emerging scientific knowledge on the potential health outcomes related to non-nutritive sweetener consumption. The webinar also addressed current gaps in research and knowledge regarding the consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
Agenda

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reviewed the current and emerging knowledge on the concept of sustainable diets within the field of food and nutrition. The workshop explored sustainable diets and relevant impacts for cross-sector partnerships, policy, and research. Workshop presenters discussed how sustainable diets influence dietary patterns, the food system, and population and public health.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
Agenda

Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a public workshop that reviewed current knowledge in the field of nutrigenomics as it relates to nutrition. The workshop explored the influence of genetic and epigenetic expression on nutritional status, including the potential impact of personalized nutrition on health maintenance and chronic disease prevention. The workshop also investigated the clinical implications of nutrigenomics, key public health and regulatory policy considerations presented in the context of emerging nutrigenomics applications to personalized nutrition, and the challenges to globalization of public health guidance that may be informed by nutrigenomic research.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
Agenda

Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

This 1.5-day workshop, hosted by the Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, explored nutrition across the lifespan for healthy aging. The workshop facilitated a broad examination of the trends and patterns of aging and factors related to healthy aging in the U.S., with a specific focus on nutrition. The agenda included a range of topics on the spectrum of aging and health, from early-life origins of disease to overweight and obesity in late adulthood. Highlighting the role of nutrition in the aging process at various stages in life, experts also discussed changes in organ systems over the lifespan, including the skeletal, muscular, and cardiovascular systems, and changes that occur with age related to cognitive, brain, and mental health, diet-related sensory preferences, oral health, and the microbiome. In addition, through both presentations and moderated discussions, the workshop explored opportunities to move forward in promoting healthy aging in the U.S.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
Agenda

Is it a Closed Session Event?
No


Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

The Institute of Medicine's Food Forumhosted a webinar titled “Food Waste: Current Issues and Emerging Solutions” to engage in the national and global discussion on reducing food waste. The webinar reviewed the current issues and emerging opportunities in food waste through a discussion on quantifying and measuring waste, health, environmental, social, and economic impacts, and various contributors to waste across the entire food supply chain. The presentations highlighted opportunities for a collective cross-sector response to reduce waste.    
 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
Agenda

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

This 2-day workshop explored the current state of knowledge regarding the role of communications and marketing on consumer knowledge, skills, and behavior, specifically related to how commercial and public health messaging concerning food, nutrition, and food safety inform, influence, and impact the population at the individual, family, and community levels regarding food choices and behavior. The workshop agenda included presentations and discussion that will address scientific credibility, the role of scientific communications in consumer knowledge and behavior related to food and nutrition, and the impact of marketing on consumer decision-making.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
Agenda

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The Institute of Medicine's Food Forum and Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine held a 1.5 day workshop on “Sustainable Diets: Food for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet.” Kathleen Merrigan, former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the Keynote Speaker for the event. The workshop explored current and emerging knowledge on the food and nutrition policy implications of the increasing strain on the natural resources in our food system, and discussed of how to incorporate environmental sustainability into U.S. dietary guidance policies.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
Agenda

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The Food Forum convened a public workshop that will explore current and emerging knowledge on the human microbiome, its role in human health, its interaction with the diet, and the translation of new research findings for the improvement of the nutritional quality of the food supply. The workshop agenda featured expert presentations and discussion to: (1) understand how diet influences the human microbiome, as well as how the microbiome influences the response to diet and dietary components; (2) become familiar with the acquisition of, and potential ways to modify, the human microbiome to reduce risk and prevent or treat disease; (3) explore the societal and policy implications of applying research findings to the food supply; and (4) identify opportunities for future research and food product and technology development on the interaction between the human microbiome and diet or dietary components and how this interaction influences health outcomes.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
Agenda

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

The Human Microbiome, Diet, and Health: Workshop SummaryThe Human Microbiome, Diet, and Health: Workshop Summary


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Workshop

Description :   

The Food Forum of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a workshop on the current and potential role of food technology in addressing today’s most critical public health challenge – overweight and obesity. This 2-day workshop explored the various technological advances within the modern food system and how they might interact with behavioral interventions, economics, innovation and design. Behaviorists, government scientists, and scientists from the food industry considered the successes and challenges of developing and incorporating technological advances to produce more nutritious foods.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Cypress Lynx
Contact Email:  clynx@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-3162

Agenda
-
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No


Publications