IFT launches FutureFood 2050 Program

April 17, 2014

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) unveiled a new program—FutureFood 2050—at a media event on April 16 in Chicago, IL. The program, which is part of IFT’s 75th anniversary celebration, aims to create a broad dialogue on how science will deliver solutions needed to feed the world’s nine billion people by the year 2050. With the premise that the science of food is an essential ingredient for feeding the world sustainably, FutureFood 2050 will highlight the people and stories leading the way toward a healthier, safer, and better nourished planet.

As a part of the program, IFT has launched a new website—www.futurefood2050.com—which showcases the program’s interview series and upcoming documentary film. Under the direction of an independent editorial team, FutureFood 2050 will come to life over the coming months with 75 interviews featuring independent-minded thought leaders around the globe. At the same time, the documentary, which will be released in 2015, will look at how the science of food will contribute solutions to feeding the world. The documentary will provide the public with a closer, more intimate look at the science, stories, and personalities behind the interview series.

The documentary’s Academy-Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy discussed the goal of the documentary at the April 16 media event. “Many films have focused on food issues, but they often neglect or misinterpret the role of science,” says Kennedy. “By looking through a scientific lens, our take on feeding the world will be unique. The goal is to address critical questions surrounding food in a fair, transparent manner that will hopefully surprise us along the way.”

From now until the film’s 2015 release, the FutureFood 2050 interview series will look more broadly at the ways that science is tackling the world’s most pressing food issues. The website will serve as a digital hub for the public to follow the stories and connect science to the conversation about how to feed the planet. An international team of editors and journalists, including awarding-winning author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food, Josh Schonwald, will uncover the stories that shape the interview series.

The 75 articles will be bundled in monthly themes over this year and next. The first three articles, which are available now at www.FutureFood2050.com, include:

  • Former Executive Director of the UN’s World Food Programme Catherine Bertini, who is working to empower the world’s women as the missing link in global food aid programs.
  • Legendary geneticist M.S. Swaminathan, heralded as the father of India’s “Green Revolution,” saying it’s time for the next step: greater agricultural productivity without ecological damage.
  • Cutting-edge engineer Anjan Contractor, who is bringing food science to space travel by helping NASA feed astronauts on Mars and beyond with 3-D food printing.

FutureFood 2050