Agricultural Research Supports Public Health, Too


Research!America’s mission statement mentions that we work to make “research to improve health a higher national priority.” Most often, that’s medical research, in all the varying forms that the term encompasses.

Agriculture research may seem to be tangential to research to improve health; but in truth, there are many shared goals: improving access to food for hungry populations here and abroad; prevention of foodborne illnesses, whether accidental or intentional; and eliminating childhood obesity.

Four thought-leaders in agricultural research will be discussing these goals and more in a webinar on Wednesday, July 25:

  • Roger Beachy, PhD, former chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture;
  • William Danforth, MD, chancellor emeritus of Washington University and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Carol Tucker Foreman, distinguished fellow at the Consumer Federation of America’s Food Policy Institute
  • Donald Kennedy, PhD, president emeritus of Stanford University, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and former editor-in-chief of Science

These four have also come together to form a new organization called SOAR (Supporters of Agricultural Research). SOAR’s goal is to increase support for investigator-initiated agriculture research grants; and, in the end, that helps the health of Americans and people around the world too.

The webinar will be held July 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Eastern. Registration is required; to register, click here.

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Funding research gives all of us a better chance of living a healthier life.
Pam Hirata, heart disease survivor