Event Details

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Queensland Biosciences Precinct, University of QLD, St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia Room: Level 3, Large Seminar Room
UQ Location:
Queensland Bioscience Precinct (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Miss Hannah Hardy
334 62092
Org. Unit:
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Event Description

Full Description:
The goal of improving the health of individuals and populations through food is a complex one with multiple factors. Despite common understanding and promotion of dietary patterns which have a statistical probability of reducing disease susceptibility, the current approach of simplifying foods to goodies (=eat more) and baddies (=eat less) can only go so far in achieving the desired aims because of its simplicity. Some specific challenges and opportunities arise from the following facts:

1. Health prospects result from Diet x Lifestyle x Genetics.
2. Diet effects on health come from the integration of meal / food / ingredient effects.
3. Nutritional value derives from food structure effects as well as the sum of ingredients.

A common approach to enhancing nutritional value is to go back to the future by re-introducing more foods obtained directly from agriculture rather than using energy-intensive processing to refine ingredients which are then re-assembled into foods. In a world with increasing pressure on energy costs and usage, it is possible that economic and health drivers may come together to stimulate the development of less highly processed convenient and tasty foods without negative nutritional consequences, by converting agricultural produce more directly into ready to (h)eat foods. Biofortification, or increasing the nutrient density of fruits and vegetables is one such target, in which a range of fruits and vegetables are being developed through conventional breeding to boost the nutrient levels sufficiently to have an impact on health.

A networking event will be held on the rooftop terrace providing a networking opportunity for students, academics and industry professionals.

Directions to UQ

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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