The Food and Health Lab discusses their research which challenges institutions, consumers, and food producers to mindfully reduce food waste to improve nutrition for plants and people.
Dr. Selena Ahmed is an assistant professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Montana State University and co-founder of the Food and Health Lab. She examines sustainability of food systems from production through consumption and waste with the goal of identifying evidence-based practices that advance ecological and societal wellbeing. She has carried out food systems research in China, India, Morocco, Venezuela, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.
Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks is an associate professor of Food and Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems at Montana State University and co-founder of the Food and Health Lab. Dr. Byker Shanks researches the food environment’s impact on what people eat and how that dietary intake influences their health. Examining food waste has been an important research tool for her to understand nutrient intake, dietary adequacy, and food choices. She holds a PhD in Nutrition from Virginia Tech and is a Registered Dietitian.