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Published June 05, 2014, 10:54 AM

Conference will focus on food crops and chronic diseases

A public forum on using value-added traditional and new specialty food crops as a solution to chronic diseases will be held at 3 p.m. June 16 in Fargo, N.D.

By: Agweek staff report,

A public forum on using value-added traditional and new specialty food crops as a solution to chronic diseases will be held at 3 p.m. June 16 in Fargo, N.D.

The forum, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Ramada Plaza Suites, will look at how the crops can be used to counter and manage diet-linked chronic diseases and associated global public health-related issues.

The forum will be part of the fifth annual conference of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants held June 15 to 18 in Fargo. The organization was established in 2009 to promote and foster research, development, production and conservation of medicinal, aromatic and other bioactive plants useful to human health. Members include scientists in the studies of agriculture, chemistry, food, science and safety, health, nutrition, molecular biology, manufacturing and commerce.

Topics to be discussed at the conference include:

•The role of an indigenous diet in the prevention of noncommunicable chronic diseases.

•Production and commercialization of medicinal plants and herbs.

•Development of pharmaceutical products from plants and herbs.

The forum will feature presentations by Kalidas Shetty, professor of plant metabolism and food security and director of the Global Institute of Food Security and International Agriculture at North Dakota State University; Mark Wahlqvist, professor emeritus at Monash University in Australia; and Donald Warne, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Health program at NDSU.

More information: www.acmp.org.

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