The continent historically named by the Europeans as “New World”, the Northern, Central and South America, is the cradle of great civilizations, where were created advanced food cultural systems. As a result, those civilizations have built a food cultural patrimony, both material and immaterial, recognized by countless studies and researches. Known as an interdisciplinary field, the food culture reveals itself as a strategic dimension to foster the reflection and comprehension of the food and nutritional issues of this continent.
The Food, Health and Culture Program, by Fiocruz Brasilia, has been acting, since 2006, in the construction of scientific events and scientific production on the topic of food culture in Brazil, with the collaboration of researchers from the Americas. In these occasions, it was identified the importance of creating an instrument of scientific promotion, which determined the support from Brazilian public institutions of fomentation, such as the Studies and Projects Financer (Finep) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), to the creation of the RACA - Food and Culture of the Americas Magazine.