Latin America is a source of native plant foods that are currently grown around the world, showing that this continent has generously contributed to the food of the entire planet with attractive healthy foods such as cocoa, Bean, quinoa, Corn, Cassava, Avocados, Potatos, tomatoes among others. However, a significant number of these foods remain undiscovered in forests, Rivers, lakes and oceans surrounding the continent.
The challenge for future generations of researchers, is to continue discovering food plants, cultivate and protect them.
These were the main ideas of the conference “Biodiversity and healthy foods in Latin America”, which was presented in the 12 th International Food Data Conference, by Professor Dr.. Lilia Masson S., Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, U. of Chile. At that event, Dr.. Masson received the Sauthgate-Geenfield Award from FAO/INDOODS.
The conference was recently published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis.