The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Side Events Agenda

Periodic Table of Food Initiative: What's on Our Plate? | The Rockefeller Foundation, American Heart Association, The Alliance of Bioversity International, CIAT & Foundation for Food & Agriculture

10/21/2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual -

Food is at the center of the world’s most urgent challenges and largest opportunities. However, the chemical diversity of food (known as the dark matter of nutrition) is largely unknown. Our understanding of how diet affects human health is limited to 150 nutritional components, and this represents a fraction of biochemicals present in our food. The Periodic Table of Food Initiative (PTFI) has a vision to create the next revolution in food and transform contributions of diet diversity to sustainability and human health. It will do so by democratizing standard analytical methods, discovery and user driven research for development. The periodic table of elements is a significant milestone in the history of chemistry - similarly, the Periodic Table of Food knowledge base will spark innovation and create impacts in the intersections of food, agriculture, nutrition and health.



  • Dr. Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President - Food, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Dr. Bruce German, Professor, Food Science and Technology, University of California - Davis
  • Dr. Selena Ahmed, Global Director, Periodic Table of Food Initiative, The American Heart Association


  • Dr. John de la Parra, Manager, Global Food Portfolio, The Rockefeller Foundation

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