APC to host Microbiome-based Foods for Health and Sustainability Workshop
The APC Microbiome Institute will host a workshop in Brussels entitled ‘Microbiome-based Foods for Health and Sustainability’ on 23rd February 2016 at the Thon Hotel EU.
We propose that the next generation of functional food and feed will be directed towards the microbiome, to improve health, drive food production and support a more sustainable agriculture. We will examine the effects of dietary and lifestyle choices on food demands and the challenges faced by production systems (from farm to fork) in relation to food nutritional security and sustainability. The role of the microbiome, and its associated transformative technologies (e.g. metagenomics, data analytics) in each stage of food value chain will be highlighted, as well as their potential to boost innovation while delivering societal and economic impact for Europe.
The programme will consist of contributions (presentations/discussions) from European and international experts and stakeholders including: the research community, European Commission officials, MEPs, policy-makers and industry highlighting the importance of microbiome ecosystems in relation to human health and disease and with a specific focus on the following key areas:
- Meeting Food Demands in a Changing World: ageing population, health, consumer demands
- Value Chain from Farm to Fork: quality, safety and sustainability
- Future Food Design: towards personalised nutrition