CSIRO's newsletter for the food, nutrition and health industries.
This newsletter is a virtual 'opening of our doors'. Each quarter we share information about our R&D capabilities, grants and funding opportunities, case studies, latest research, and upcoming industry events.
In this issue, read how our team at CSIRO is changing dietary habits, join the plant-based revolution and find out about some exciting events for 2020.
Australians aren’t eating enough vegetables. That’s a scary fact when you consider that a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables may increase your risk of developing chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, not to mention an unhealthy weight.
Our response was to create VegEze, a smartphone app to increase your daily vegetable intake. CSIRO worked with partners SP Health and Hort Innovation, to create an evidence-based behaviour change app to challenge users to eat three different vegetables at dinner every day for 21 days. Through the app, users can easily track their vegetable intake, aided by daily reminders, rewards, and resources like vegetable-rich recipes and meal ideas to help stay motivated and on track. The app has been shown to help users to increase vegetable intake and variety.
There is a revolution taking place in burger joints and supermarkets across Australia. Plant products that can be prepared, cooked and taste like meat are increasingly making their way onto the plates of consumers as concern grows over the environmental impact of food production. Last year the CSIRO launched its plant-based meat venture, v2food. Over the next year we plan to develop a range of wholly Australian meat alternatives to be sold in supermarkets and restaurants across the country. The products include protein from legumes, fibre from plants, and oils from sunflower and coconut.
The Industry PhD Program is a four-year, industry-focused, applied research training program. It aims to produce the next generation of innovation leaders with the skills to work at the interface of research and industry in Australia. Industry PhD students can help your company to create new knowledge and improve innovation capacity. We are looking for leaders in large, medium and small enterprise to be a part of this industry-focused program. As an industry partner you can assist in defining the research project and the selection of your PhD students. You will access new knowledge, support the development of your current and future workforce and create networks with applied research experts in your industry sector.
This this program might suit you? Contact Duncan Byrne.