The World Factbook of Food was developed by the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) through funding from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. The World Factbook of Food is designed to serve as a central reference repository of data related to food. Data has been collected from multiple sources on a variety of topics including production, trade, common food and non-food uses, seasonality, processing steps and supply chain structure, food safety concerns, and past intentional adulteration events.
Food Protection and Defense Institute
The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), formerly known as the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004 at the University of Minnesota. Developed as a multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, FPDI addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system. FPDI takes a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system, encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.