Food-Related Organizations

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The first food-related society established in America was the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture. It was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1792 with a charter membership of twenty-eight people. By 1820 membership had grown to over six hundred individuals, some from as far away as China. The organization's logo was “The Source of Wealth” set into a seal emblazoned with a yoke of oxen working a furrowed field. Ever since, professional dietitians, chefs, food technologists, and flavor chemists have formed professional societies to develop their skills, share information among their membership, and monitor high ethical standards within their profession.


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.