Submitted to: World Wide Web
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/13/2006
Publication Date: 3/13/2006
Citation: Harris, E.W., Friday, J.E. 2006. People Eat Food, A symposium on the applications and future directions for the USDA FoodLink database system, Summary Report. World Wide Web. http://www.ba.ars.usda.gov/cnrg.
Technical Abstract: On November 14, 2005, the People Eat Food, a Symposium on the Applications and Future Directions for the USDA FoodLink Database System was convened in Washington, DC. Over 100 participants attended the symposium, including representatives from the food industry, several universities, government agencies, and professional/trade associations. A primary objective of this symposium was to highlight the research applications, policy implications, and future directions for the database system, which is a research tool that links USDA Survey Food Codes to information on the ingredients and commodities of those foods, resulting in databases such as Pyramid Servings, dietary sources of nutrients, ARS food groups, and commodity food groups. This report summarizes the symposium by providing a profile of participants, overviews of presentations, discussion highlights, and future directions.