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The Future of Food Event - Second Year

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So what does the Future of Food have to do with informatics? So many times I find myself in the odd position of explaining why I am present at something that does not have informatics or health IT in the name. Frequently, I have to dig a bit to explain the relevance of nutrition informatics (defined by the Academy as the “intersection of information, nutrition and technology”. Although it’s been a full year since I attended the first event at Washington Post Live, hosted by Editor Mary Jordan, this time around the relevance of informatics was so easy. The Academy continues to sponsor this event, which serves as a real-life “mash-up” of everyone involved in food and hunger; Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack—a favorite of many-- rounded out the morning.

Now back to the informatics thread.

  • When registering for the event, participants were encouraged to donate via a “virtual food drive”for the Capital Area Food Bank.
  • @PostLive Twitter followers and hashtag: #thinkfood, as always shared so many new points.
  • Per Secretary Vilsack: Vilsack: “In the next 40 yrs we have to have the same level of productivity innovation as we had in the previous 10,000 yrs.” This kind of statistic comes from analysis of “big data” across multiple sources.
  • Check out the Midwest Dairy Association’s Infographic!
  • Multiple discussions on the use of technology to evaluate soil and determine how many plants should be planted as the machine is planting them, robots to milk cows, and determine how the milk should be collected.
  • And of course, the usual—Facebook “like” options.
  • The event was—true to it’s name—streaming “live”and highlights are available afterwards on the website.
  • And finally, a quote from Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Louis
    : “People look less and less to labels and more to smart phones and tablets.”

Who knew? Informatics is everywhere!

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