Research & Innovation
Agriculture Offers Solutions to Improve our Health, the Environment and the Economy
Texas A&M AgriLife has launched the world’s first research institute to bring together precision nutrition, responsive agriculture, and social and behavioral healthy living research to save lives and lower health care costs, in ways that support producers and the environment.
The IHA is accelerating Texas A&M AgriLife’s efforts to deliver the research, education and services to use agriculture to combat the nation’s diet-related chronic disease epidemic and to bolster the health of our environment and economy. As a platform for the exchange of big ideas and data, the IHA is advancing research to help agricultural producers harness big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce food that improves public health and strengthens producers’ economic viability.
Three Focus Areas
Precision nutrition research identifies how diet differentially affects individuals and population subgroups to reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote health equity.
Responsive agriculture research promotes innovations in the agricultural system and food environment to optimize human health while ensuring the system is economically robust and environmentally sustainable.
Healthy living social and behavioral research promotes health, reduces chronic disease and advances health equity through the development, evaluation, and dissemination of community-engaged intervention programs.