The PTFI has the potential to revolutionize the health, agriculture, and food sectors.

With explicit analysis of macronutrients – which represent 99% of the foods we eat – the PTF will enable the global community to replicate nourishing diets to improve health and wellbeing, advance sustainability, and provide economic opportunities. Once in place, this publicly accessible database will be the greatest single knowledge asset in the history of food.  

In addition, the analysis of trace phytonutrients will provide an unprecedented catalog of chemical diversity in our foods. New insights about the composition and function of food will allow food production and processing to be optimized for selected nutrients and mitigate the impact of nutrients with negative effects on health. We expect a high-resolution description of the foods we eat will enable us to:  

  • Personalized diet guidance to improve health outcomes
  • Guide diets and nutritional interventions to alleviate stunting across the globe
  • Craft nourishing diets for children to improve their wellbeing
  • Improve our understanding of the ways diet affects the immune system
  • Establish rigorous scientific and economic linkages between soil health and human health
  • Highlight benefits of neglected and underutilized crops to accelerate their development and uptake
  • Spark innovation for affordable, sustainable, and personalized sources of protein to support individual needs and the environment
  • Catalyze the innovation of affordable and nutritious processed foods

Case Studies

These short papers describe how the Periodic Table of Food Initiative (PTFI) can help address the issues above. These Case Studies provide a vision for the potential impact of the PTFI, informed by experts and key stakeholders. If you are interested in developing a Case Study, please contact us.

All case studies written and edited by Tania Fitzgeorge-Balfour