The Future of Food

With an institute that integrates food-based nutrition and health care, studies that inform policy, a food-tech innovation hub, and one of the world’s largest research centers dedicated to studying nutrition and healthy aging, Tufts is changing the way we understand the impact of food on health, the economy, and our futures.

Shaping a New Approach to Nutrition for the World

Fresh greens and vegetables packed in a CSA farm

Tufts University’s far-reaching expertise in food and nutrition is shaping U.S. policyrevealing new paths toward better health, helping to secure a sustainable food supply, leading to groundbreaking food-preservation science, uncovering links between nutrition and aging, battling food insecurity around the world—and doing so much more to ensure better, healthier, and more effective food systems.

With two institutes devoted to improving health through food and nutrition—the Food is Medicine Institute and the Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute, both at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy—and, at the HNRCA, one of the largest centers in the world focused on research at the intersection of nutrition and healthy aging, Tufts is uniquely positioned to help combat hunger, improve healthy eating, and reduce diet-related disease, all goals of the United States’ national strategy for better health by 2030.

The innovative Food is Medicine Institute aims to transform health care through scalable food-based interventions, such as medically tailored meals and prescriptions for produce; nutrition education for doctors; and clinical care, electronic health record, and reimbursement pathways for nutrition-based tools to help treat or prevent diet-related illnesses such as heart disease, some types of diabetes, and certain cancers and complications during pregnancy. 

As it long has, research at Tufts continues to inform public policy. As selected examples: 

Meanwhile, the Food and Nutrition Innovation Institute is working to meet the demands of a rapidly changing planet by supporting the development of technology to improve the food supply. Regularly convening a global community of leaders, innovators, and investors to identify the shared challenges facing the future of food, the institute lends interdisciplinary expertise to help build the infrastructure for an economy that sits at the intersection of nutrition and food tech.