Texas A&M conference to examine link between produce, health

01/20/2014 11:47:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Vegetable & Fruit Improvement Center logoTexas A&M University will host a day-long conference, Feb. 25, in College Station to look at the latest research that connects fruit and vegetables with medical advances.

The conference, which is geared toward consumers, will feature presentations from researchers, producers and allied product industry leaders from throughout the United States, according to a news release.

It also will mark the 20th anniversary of the university's Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center, which has developed and released several popular varieties over the years. Among those are the Texas 1015 sweet onion and the BetaSweet maroon carrot.

Morning keynote speaker will be David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center and an ABC News medical consultant, who will talk on "Scientific Advances in Produce for Health."

Rod Dashwood, director of the Center for Epigenetics and Disease Prevention at the Institute of Bioscience and Technology in Houston will address cancer prevention with chlorophyll-rich foods.

In the afternoon, a panel of food industry representatives will discuss “Improving our Health: How Research can Help Increase Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables.”

Online registration is available at http://vfic.tamu.edu.



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