Global economic burden caused by prevalent chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer is enormous, approaching a trillion dollars per annum. The goal of the Crops For Health® (CFH) program is to meaningfully reduce the physical, psychosocial, and economic consequences of these diseases around the world. This will require participation by a broad-based community of individuals from all sectors of our global society. The specific objectives of CFH are:
- The identification, development and production of food crop varieties that show maximum potential to benefit human health while retaining adapted traits that make them profitable to grow and distribute in the global market place.
- The development of tools and techniques within the biomedical and allied health sciences that are required to understand how these food crops prevent chronic diseases.
- The dissemination of this knowledge to our global community using innovative translational public health approaches designed to effectively promote long-term lifestyle changes.