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, a nascent science, is a comprehensive and dynamic approach to understanding nutrition needs in order to reduce chronic disease based on individual differences including genetics, epigenetics, age, sex, disease status, sleep patterns and other factors.
Responsive agriculture is an agricultural system and food environment that supports health through nutrition while ensuring the system is economically and environmentally sustainable for future generations.
Social and behavioral healthy living research, which seeks to advance health equity for underserved populations, is the development, evaluation, and dissemination of community-engaged health promotion and chronic disease prevention intervention programs that integrate individual, sociocultural, environmental and policy/system-level factors.