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Monday, November 20, 2023

Periodic Table of Food Initiative

26 October 2023. Ag2Nut webinar -
Periodic Table of Food Initiative

Recording is availably online sine 17/11

The Periodic Table of Food Initiative (PTFI) seeks to empower global partners to address these questions. Specifically, we are harnessing the power of technological advancements to provide tools, data, and training to characterize food quality and safety based on food composition of the world’s edible biodiversity. 

PTFI will be launched in April 2024

PTFI enables partners to map how the composition of foods around the world varies with environmental conditions and agronomic practices, using standardized analytical tools based on omics technology and rich metadata that complement traditional food composition methods. 

The PTFI  elucidates linkages between agriculture, nutrition, and health in novel ways.
PTFI's ultimate goal is to empower global stakeholders to use food composition data to advance informed solutions to our most pressing food system challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, and malnutrition.
  • Moderator: Anna Herforth, Ag2Nut 
  • Selena Ahmed, Foodomics 
  • Steve Watkins, Standardized Tools + Data 
  • Jonathan Lundgren, Scientific Assessment of Regenerative Agriculture 
  • Chi-Ming Chien, Data Showcase 
  • Gina Kennedy, Research + Translation 
  • Kevin Cody, Food EDU


The Agriculture-Nutrition Community of Practice, better known as Ag2Nut, is a global network of professionals working on agriculture and nutrition linkages which was crated in 2010. The group is informal, and designed to facilitate information sharing and networking. 

The group has roughly 9,500 members from 130 countries. It includes members of national and international NGOs, UN organizations, governments, universities, independent professionals, bilateral institutions and donor organizations. Visit this page for more information about Ag2Nut, and join the group at

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