Since 2017, IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center has worked with the World Wildlife Fund to advance a unified framework by convening seafood companies and other relevant stakeholders as part of the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability. We’ve convened this podcast to discuss the latest in traceability, particularly in the seafood industry.
This year, the Seeding the Future Foundation is funding the first annual Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge, which aims to inspire and support passionate, diverse and multidisciplinary teams to create game-changing innovations that will help transform the food system to be more sustainable, make healthier diets more accessible, and empower consumers to make choices benefitting both, personal and planetary health. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is proud to officially launch the Challenge, and applications will open on June 7.
With more and more people focusing on their health these days, it’s no surprise that consumers are looking to spice up their culinary selections. But long before they became a part of our creative recipes, herbs and spices have had a long history of being celebrated for their medicinal properties, well before culinary use! Modern science has now shown that many of them carry remarkable health benefits offering great opportunities for new product development and innovation.
In this episode we’ll explore and expand on findings shared in the recent IFT Food Technology magazine article entitled, “Spicy Nutrition.” In this podcast we’ll focus on some of nature’s herbs, spices and the extracts that offer potential health benefits. We’ll also talk with the article’s author, Linda Ohr, about what the research tells us, as well as some entrepreneurial companies who have tapped these spices’ hidden potential for their current and future product innovation.
Host: Matt Teegarden
Linda Ohr, contributing editor of IFT’s Food Technology magazine
Amy Rothstein, founder of DONA
Emily Griffith, founder of Lil Bucks snacks
Today’s discussion includes Dr. William Moseley, a DeWitt Wallace Professor of geography and director of the Food, Agriculture & Society Program at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Dr. Barbara Burlingame, a professor of Nutrition and Food Systems at Massey University’s College of Health. Both Dr. Moseley and Dr. Burlingame are members of the Steering Committee for the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on food security and nutrition. They contributed to the FAO ‘s High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition’s 15th Report, “Food Security and Nutrition: Building a global narrative towards 2030.” The High Level Panel of Experts on food security and nutrition was established as part of the 2009 reform of the international governance of food security to advise the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which is the foremost intergovernmental and international platform dealing with food security and nutrition. The HLPE aims to facilitate policy debates and inform policymaking by providing independent, comprehensive, and evidence-based analysis and advice at the request of CFS. And today, we’re going to discuss the issue of global hunger, which we know has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today’s podcast is just in time for New Year’s resolutions because we’ll be talking about the upcoming 2020-2025 dietary guidelines for Americans. While the new guidelines are expected to be announced by the end of the year, we’re joined today by Barbara Schneeman, PhD, Professor Emerita at UC Davis and Richard Mattes, PhD, Distinguished Professor at Purdue University, to discuss the recommendations that were made. Schneeman served as chair of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and Mattes was a member of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, specifically the Beverages and Added Sugars Subcommittee as well as the Frequency of Eating Subcommittee.
While studies of human gut flora have taken place for decades, scientists have only recently started to dissect the complex relationship between the microbiome, diet, immune functioning, and overall health. As knowledge on the microbiome develops, recent research suggests that the flora in our guts could influence our risk for disease including obesity, neurological disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune disease, and sleep disorders, to name a few. Today, we’ll dive into the gut microbiota with two experts, exploring the impact of diet on our gut and how the bugs in our gut promote proper immune function and overall health.
The world we live in is in flux. On this podcast, we continue our conversation with IFT’s own Maria Velissariou and April Rinne on where they see the world going, particularly as it relates to food, economic practices, emerging technologies, and the importance of sustainability. We’ll discuss the future of work, the role of innovation in the food system, and the importance of collaboration across sectors.