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US food industry leaders to convene for health talks in Texas
Date:1/21/2014

COLLEGE STATION -- People interested in healthy foods are invited to a day-long conference Feb. 25 in College Station to hear the latest findings on connections between fruit and vegetable production and medical advances.

The conference, geared toward consumers, will include presentations by researchers, producers, allied produce industry leaders from across the United States and will mark the 20th anniversary of Texas A&M University's Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center.

"This center is unique because of strong partnership between diverse industry and interdisciplinary scientists to improve health and well being of people," said Dr. Bhimu Patil, the center's director. "We are known for the interdisciplinary effort of scientists to develop healthy, flavorful and tasty vegetables and fruits such as peppers, the maroon carrot, mild 1015 onion, cantaloupes, peaches and plums that also have higher health promoting compounds.

He said the center's research provides cutting-edge information on the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, enabling healthy choices by consumers, accelerating research, and improving quality for producers. And he pointed to recent collaborative studies with University of Arizona that showed drinking carrot juice may prevent the recurrence of breast cancer.

"Our goal for the conference is to bring top-notch people from the food industry and medical research together so that consumers can hear different perspectives and there can be dialogue," Patil said.

The conference will be 8:20 a.m.-5 p.m. A banquet at 7 p.m. will celebrate the center's 20-year history. An open house of the research facility at 1500 Research Parkway will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 26.

Online registration is available at http://bit.ly/1dyv6Gi.

"Scientific Advances in Produce for Health" will be the morning topic, with a special address by Dr. David Katz, Ya
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Contact: Kathleen Phillips
ka-phillips@tamu.edu
979-845-2872
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
Source:Eurekalert

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