Texas A&M Moon Shot

The Lempert Report
March 11, 2022

Phil: Texas A&M has decided that they wanna change our relationship with food. They have a new moonshot that's that's going on. And what they really are trying to do is switch our mind, what, what they point out, which is something that I never really thought about is the purpose of food systems in the past was to limit hunger, makes a lot of sense. Now what they want to do is they want to change our relationship to food. And, and it's coming at a critical time. What they also report is that nearly half of us adults have some kind of cardiovascular disease, according to the American heart association, and more than 70% of American adults are, have hypersensitivity. So what's going on at A&M?iGET-q8o8QQ

Sally: Well, first of all, what really caught my attention about this is that the director of this new program, which is called the Institute for advancing help through agriculture, the director is Patrick Stover. Patrick Stover is a man that in the nineties that contributed to the discovery that folate deficiencies were causing birth defects. This was a major breakthrough and saved thousands of babies from being born with health issues and birth defects. Because then we started recommending that when women are pregnant, that they are, are taking in that amount of folic acid that they need. So, so already he's a really outstanding researcher to be directing this team. And they're looking at, they're looking at addressing precision precision nutrition, you know, because we we've been talking at about that now for a while that we can't just expect one person to follow the exact same diet as another person. There are, there are cultural differences, there are genetic differences. So, so this is important to address one's individual needs for health. 

Phil: Yeah, I think it's, I think it's great. I, I agree with you having him leading it is fabulous. And hopefully we can have a successful moonshot and we can change the way people eat the way people think about food, because I think they're really pointing out something that's, that's so critical. And you know, we can change behaviors, as a result of that.