Path To The Plate

For those who grew up in an agricultural environment, understanding where food comes from (fruits, vegetables, meat, nuts, etc.) is an easy concept, however, for those growing up in urban, that understanding can stop at the local grocery store. Regardless of our different backgrounds, learning about our food source should become a priority in our steps to establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Path To The Plate provides an unbiased examination of agriculture, the foods we eat, and the connection to our health in an effort to make informed decisions.  Start by checking out these articles!


Informative Articles

Path to the Plate: Wading through food labels, marketing strategies

Consumers can be confused by all the labels and marketing in the grocery store, but the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is rolling out a new program aimed at clearing the picture.

5 Things To Know About Blueberries

Good things come in small packages, especially when it comes to blueberries! These little balls of energy may be small, but they deliver a BIG dose of nutrients. Discover more about blueberries by clicking the link below.

Going Green

Other than being a popular commodity in Texas, spinach has many nutritional benefits, including its high vitamin and mineral counts, caloric density, and its contributions to heart health. Click the ‘Going Green’ link to learn more about this nutritious vegetable.

Gluten: What You Need To Know

While a gluten-free diet is necessary for the health and well-being of those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, some people are jumping on the diet for perceived health benefits. Click the “Gluten: What You Need To Know” link below to learn more about gluten.

Beef…What is the Danger Zone?

In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it is easy to take shortcuts to make our lives easier. It saves us time and energy that can be focused elsewhere. The one place you shouldn’t take shortcuts is food safety. Click the link below to learn more.

Marketing & Risk Management

View publications, information, and educational materials created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists and experts.

ABOUT Path To The Plate

When consumers are making connections between agriculture and health, there is concern about where information is obtained. Many turn to the easiest and quickest source of information, the internet.

There is an abundant supply of information on the internet that is correct and useful to the consumer. The problem that many run into, is the amount of information being shown to them. Consumers have to sift through thousands of search results to find the information they seek and they trust. For this reason, digital misinformation has become so pervasive that the World Economic Forum has listed it as one of the main threats to human society.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has developed a response to the questions consumers are asking titled Path to the Plate.

Path to the Plate is a comprehensive, educational approach to providing relevant, current, and factual information to consumers. Our goal is to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when it comes to agriculture and their health.

Path to the Plate is an unbiased examination of agriculture, the food we eat, and its connection to our health. The program is designed to deliver correct, research-based information via a variety of methods.

The overarching goal of the Path to the Plate program is for all Texans to make informed decisions based on truthful and accurate information. More specific objectives of the program include:

  • To work with organizations, agencies, communities, and individuals to provide Texans with a wealth of information and perspectives so they may make better-informed decisions about the food they eat.
  • To present the important role of agriculture in our daily lives – from production to harvest to how it arrives at your table.
  • To deliver correct, research-based information in order to educate the consumer in regard to agriculture and health.

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