NEWS BITE: FACTS Network Aims to Correct Food and Health Misinformation
Have you ever gotten the feeling that many of today’s conversations around food and nutrition are more than a little one-sided and usually negative? IFIC Foundation recently looked into the volume and tone of conversations online and in the news media and found that it’s more than just a hunch. By many measures, the dialogue about food has indeed become more alarmist, negative, and often lacking in factual information and context.
For this reason and many others, this summer the IFIC Foundation has launched its brand new “FACTS” network. FACTS, which stands for “Food Advocates Communicating Through Science,” will combat the growing tide of deceptive headlines, misleading statistics, and alarmist tactics that define how much of today’s food and nutrition information is shared. It will serve as a place for global, interactive networks to engage and communicate; provide compelling insight and scientific conclusions from experts; correct common misperceptions; and add balance and context to conversations about modern food production, food safety, nutrition, health, and wellness.