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At USDA we take a “food first” approach to improving human health and well-being and reducing the burden of chronic diet-related diseases. When it comes to using food and nutrition to improve health-related outcomes, one size doesn’t fit all. This requires a more precise understanding of nutritional needs, and broader consideration of the social, economic, and cultural factors that influence food selection. Our research efforts focus on the entire food and ag value chain to better understand how farming practices, different crops and animals, food selection, food preparation, and nutritional content and composition contribute to health-related outcomes.

USDA Invests More Than $59M to Improve Dietary Health and Nutrition Security

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Keep Cool and Stay Fresh


Research and Extension Supports Local Food Systems

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