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Introduction JEAN-PERRE HABICHT The following papers represent viewpoints from some institutions and elements of American life that influence nutrition policy, programs, and research: the scientific community, the food industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, die legal sector, and educators. The authors' ideas are quite conventional when compared to Me new approaches to nutrition presented in Session 2, "What Factors Shape Eating Patterns?" Perhaps when traditional nutrition approaches (biochemical and clinical) are cou- pled with insights from psychology, economics, and sociology about the determinants of nutrition, answers to improving nutrition in the U.S. population will be found. 143