About Us Feeding the minds that feed the world

Envision what the very best minds involved in the science of food can achieve when they work together: providing each and every person on the planet with a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply. Since 1939, IFT has been advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system by creating a dynamic forum where individuals from more than 90 countries can collaborate, learn, and grow, transforming scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of people around the world.

Members are at the heart of all we do. We help them enhance their careers and make greater contributions to their organizations. Through forums such as the world’s largest annual food science event, publications such as Food Technology magazine, and other unique resources, we enable them to enhance their knowledge and expand their professional connections, both domestically and abroad. We help highlight the impact and important societal contributions made by professionals involved the science of food, and attract the brightest minds to the profession from related disciplines. And we support the contribution of evidence-based science to the public dialogue on food issues.

Together, we are creating a world where science and innovation are universally viewed as essential to a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone. As a scientific society with vision, IFT is feeding the minds that feed the world.


What does the Future Hold for Your Work? Future Trends Resources Available to Members
IFT just released the results of its multi-year future trends initiative that answers the question: “What might the future hold for the food science and technology profession?” These results, which include a “Weak Signals” Report, scenarios videos, and other resources, are available to IFT members to help them plan for changes in the decades ahead. (Member login required)
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FutureFood 2050

FutureFood 2050
In 2014, IFT launched FutureFood 2050, a new program which focuses on telling the story of food science to a broader audience, including the general public. Under the FutureFood 2050 umbrella, we’ve been conducting interviews with prominent individuals both within and outside of the food world. Their stories, crafted by an editorial team, are helping to create a dialogue on the promise of the profession and its ability to solve future food challenges.

The second phase of this initiative focused on funding a feature length documentary telling the multi-dimensional story of science, scientists, facts and food, and how we’re going to feed the 9 billion people expected worldwide by 2050. IFT selected one of the best story tellers and documentarians, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, and gave him creative control to tell a story that would begin a rational discussion about sound science. This movie, Food Evolution, is now a highly regarded and screened documentary that has re-ignited passionate, rationale discussions regarding the importance of sound, peer reviewed science informing critical decisions about the food we eat and the policies that inform these decisions.

Learn more about Food Evolution.