Over the next fourty years, Bruce would extend his research to include food plants from around the world, gathering data on their nutritional values, how and where they can be grown, including weather conditions, and ultimately, how they can be used to help end malnutrition in the country’s population, providing a truly sustainable self-help solution to hunger, malnutrition and achieving food security.
During the course of his work, Bruce has created a continually growing database of over 30,000 edible plants, which has become the world’s most comprehensive database of its kind.
Included in the database is nutritional information describing the origin of food plants, growing methods, photos, drawings of the plant and edible parts of the plants, and cooking methods, as well as descriptions, countries and climatic zones of the plants and origins. Nutritional information is available for a selection of these plants.
Food Plants International teamed with Rotary in June 2007 to create the Food Plant Solutions project, which provides countries and regions with information on how to grow the most nutritious and viable food plants in their environment.
From humble beginnings to continuing success, Bruce’s research has helped create a solid foundation for learning and teaching information on food plants from around the world and how a simple and sustainable solution to global malnutrition can benefit entire countries.
In January 2016, Australia rightly recognised the significance of Bruce’s work awarding him an Officer of the Order of Australia. The work of Food Plant Solutions is under-pinned by Bruce’s Food Plants International database, and we recognise and appreciate the immense value of Bruce’s work. Our ability to provide sustainable solutions that empower local people to make informed choices about what plants to grow and eat, that will nutritiously feed their family, is due to Bruce.