Responsive Agriculture Study
Setting Priorities for Supporting Health Through Food and Agriculture.
Responsive Agriculture is an agricultural system and food environment that supports health through nutrition while ensuring the system is economically robust and environmentally sustainable for future generations. Drawing from the science of health, the science of precision nutrition, and the connection between food and health, alongside the dynamics of the food system, the study will make recommendations for what a food environment should look like to be capable of meeting the health needs of all. The study will also provide guidance for how to achieve it. A Task Force has been established to develop a national roadmap on research and translational priorities that will enable responsive agriculture solutions to benefit the nation. The Task Force’s work will be informed by the following three committees:
Click here to learn more about the charge for each of the committees, and visit the links above to view committee membership.
Chronic Disease Reduction
Set priorities to achieve a food system that supports lifelong health and reduces health care costs.
Agricultural Ecosystems and Agriculture-Food Value Chain
Set priorities to achieve rural and urban food production and distribution systems that are high capacity, resilient, and sustainable within a thriving agriculture and food system economy that promotes human health through food.
Set priorities to achieve a food environment that supports stable, consistent access for all to make dietary choices that promote health through food.
A large and growing body of scientific research now directly links several chronic diseases to diet choices and lack of access to proper nutrition…
The food and agriculture system in the United States historically has been successful at addressing societal imperatives, such as reducing hunger and food insecurity. Yet there is an acknowledged disconnect between the domestic food system and the food environment in achieving human health — specifically, reducing the risks and effects of diet-related chronic disease.
Nomination Portal Now Closed
Thank you to those of you who submitted nominations for the three committees. We received a plethora of extremely qualified candidates for a limited number of positions. We have selected experts from across the full spectrum of stakeholders, including researchers engaged in basic scientific research and applied agricultural technologies, decision-makers, public health professionals, food and agriculture related industry representatives, professional societies, consumers, and policy and medical experts. The intent is to bring together stakeholders who may not traditionally interact or work collaboratively, yet collectively hold the synergistic and unique potential to advance responsive agriculture in a way that identifies positive outcomes for food producers, consumers, and the nation. You can find the official list of committee membership in the links above.
The three committees will:
- set priorities within the assigned domain of responsive agriculture
- identify the incentives, disincentives, and other factors that may influence achievability of each priority; and
- create an action plan for each priority aligning efforts, resources, and incentives to chart a path forward.
We welcome your input, comments, perspectives, and suggestions for these multi-disciplinary efforts to identify priorities for reducing chronic diseases, transforming agricultural ecosystems and agriculture-food value chain, and securing nutrition equity in order to improve the health-promoting properties of Agriculture, Food Systems, and the Food Environments that all people experience daily.