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.
Sponsored by the Muscle Foods Division of IFT, this podcast focuses on the potential challenges of incorporating new technology into food products. Through our conversation with Larisa Rudenko, Visiting Scholar at MIT, we dive into the regulations and discuss how new technology is assessed by the FDA. Examples from the past, including bioengineering technology, reveal insights into the pathways for product development with emerging technology and navigating potential issues that will likely present themselves. Cellular agriculture and the ability to produce foods from cell cultures is also discussed, which has taken center stage for safety assessment, labeling, and consumer acceptance of new technology. The individuals participating in this podcast do not speak on behalf of the agency and are sharing their perspectives and experiences.