Information on Nation's Diet: Needs and Uses
Experiences from the Past, Lessons for the Future 27. Scientific Annual Conference of AGEV
in Cooperation with the
Research Centre for Nutrition and Food
13.-14. October 2005 (Karlsruhe)
This year the AGEV Conference is internationally
oriented and has an applied, nutrition policy related topic. The
conference consists of 5 sections. There are invited speakers in each
section but we also invite colleagues to
submit posters for each section.
(1) Despite the availability of good quality food
and of sound nutrition information, our society faces lifestyle-related
health problems. In order to tackle these problems, appropriate nutrition
policies have to be formulated which are based on a nutrition monitoring
system. In Germany, the National Nutrition Survey will start in 2005. The
conference will emphasise the questions: Who needs such information and
how will it be used and implemented?
The well-informed consumer, whose behaviour is formed by rational choices
is a leading overall concept in our societies. Decisions should be based
on objective, evidence-based information. But often, there is no lack of
information, there rather is an information overload. This is also true in
the field of food and nutrition.
The first section of the conference addresses the problem of information
management in the current society from an individual point of view. The
decisions of the relevant government, administration and stakeholder
groups of the nation's food and nutrition system should also be based on
proper information. National nutrition
surveys are crucial in such nutrition
information systems (surveillance and monitoring systems). Experiences
about that are reported in the opening session.
(2) The AGEV conference presents an overview of
nutrition surveys which are currently carried out in Europe. Experiences
based on the Finn-Balt-Survey and other European surveys are reported.
(3) The information on food habit and nutrition
surveys is used by different sciences, e.g. in nutrition epidemiology.
(4) The information on food habit and nutrition
surveys is also used by the market partners. Therefore, the views of
European consumer organisations, food suppliers and public health
institutions are presented.
(5) The results of food habit and nutrition surveys
are interesting topics for the Information Society. This is exemplarily
regarded from the perspective of mass media and educators.
The results of the congress (lectures and posters)
will be published.
Prof. Dr. Georg Karg, Ph.D.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Oltersdorf
Prof. Dr. Angelika Meier-Ploeger
Dr. Kurt Gedrich
Dr. Brigitte Klamt
Dr. Christine Brombach