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An overview of the role of informatics-based systems in furthering an integrated paddock to plate food supply system

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Robert SteeleRobert Steele
Food, nutrition and dietary-related information are increasingly available in a digital form within the food production and consumption supply chain, including: identifier and inventory systems; digitised nutrient component databases; databases of consumer packaged foods indexed by universal product codes (UPCs); greater use of digital point-of-sale systems; and the rapid emergence of health and diet-related mobile 'apps'. While these developments have emerged somewhat independently, they allow further integration and processing capabilities, with significant potential impact upon the efficiency and sophistication of the food supply chain, individual and society-wide health, statistics gathering and further environmental, materials and energy optimisation within the food supply chain - we refer to the enabling research field as nutrition informatics. In this article, we discuss the technological underpinnings, analyse the implications and applications of increasing digitisation of food-related information, and identify seven priority directions to advance informatics-based systems for achieving an integrated 'paddock to plate' food supply system.

History

Volume

8

Issue

1-2

Start Page

30

End Page

44

Number of Pages

15

eISSN

1478-8764

ISSN

1476-8917

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Interscience Publishers

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

TBA Research Institute; University of Sydney;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Progress in industrial ecology.