Coordination of USDA Activities Relating to Human Nutrition Research and Education
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is committed to the mission of improving the nutrition of American consumers. USDA plays a leading role within the Executive Branch in the development and implementation of programs aimed at strengthening nutrition research and education efforts within the United States, and at improving the nutritional quality of foods produced and consumed and the nutritional status of the American people. USDA activities are focused on determining the nutritive value of foods, human nutritional needs, types and amounts of food consumed by Americans, and strategies for improving the food supply, individual diets, and the health and well being of Americans. Other major roles are to help individuals understand the relationship between food and health through sound research-based nutrition education programs and information, and to administer the domestic food assistance programs. Research-based information is also critical for food producers and processors, who recognize that consumers' demands drive the marketplace.
Coordination mechanisms already exist between USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies with responsibilities in these areas. These are the Interagency Board on Nutrition monitoring and Related Research, and the Interagency Committee on Human Nutrition Research.
The purpose of this regulation is to establish a coordinating structure within USDA which will assure that all activities addressing research and education relating to human nutrition, including scientific and economic research as well as public education and information programs, will be carried out within the Department in a fully integrated and coordinated manner.