The Impact of Food Science on World Hunger: World Food Day Join us as we honor World Food Day and the contributions of food science

Throughout history, advances in food science and technology have played a critical role in meeting the needs of our evolving society. As a result, we now have much greater global access to an abundant, diverse food supply that is largely safe, flavorful, nutritious, convenient, and less costly than ever before.

However, we still have much work to do.

On October 16, IFT, along with organizations around the world, will celebrate World Food Day. An annual campaign commemorating the 1945 founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Day helps promote increased understanding of hunger issues and the need for global access to nutritious food.

This year, World Food Day is focusing on sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition. Over the past several decades, the food processing techniques developed by food scientists ensure that the resources required to produce raw food materials and ingredients for food manufacturing are used efficiently.  However, more than one billion people still go hungry every day. Unsustainable models of development are degrading the natural environment, threatening the ecosystems and biodiversity that will be needed for our future food supply.

As a participant in World Food Day, IFT has developed a wide array of resources for food professionals, media, consumers, educators, and government officials, including a new video featuring former IFT President John Floros, Ph.D., discussing a path to reducing food waste worldwide. We encourage you to use these resources to help spread the word about the need for foods that promote healthier people everywhere and the continuing role that food science is playing in finding solutions to feeding the world, both today and in the future.

World Food Day Action Kit

Action Kit (PDF)
What can you do to help spread the word about the contributions of food science to ensuring a more safe and plentiful food supply, on World Food Day and year-round? Find suggestions and tools for some quick and easy things you can do.


World Without Food Science

World Without Food Science Video Button
This public education video campaign created by IFT shows what the world would be like without food science and explains the role that food science plays in ensuring a nutritious, safe and abundant food supply. What would a trip to the grocery store would be like without the benefits of food science and technology? How does food science and technology provide sustainable solutions throughout the food system? How would access to safe and nutritious foods be affected as the world's population continues to rise?

 Food Waste

ePerspective: Solutions to Food Waste for Manufacturers, Consumers
Food waste is an issue that cannot be ignored as it accounts for over 10 percent of what we throw in the landfill. The common misnomer that I regularly hear is that it doesn't matter since it will just biograde anyway, but thiscould not be further from the truth.

Food Facts

Food Facts: Practical Food Tips for Consumers
From tips on food storage and shelf life, to food safety in the produce aisle, to an explanation of why food are irradiated, Food Facts provides concise, useful information to help consumers make smarter, safer choices about their food.

IFT Science Review: Feedding Tomorrow

Feeding the World Today and Tomorrow: The Importance of Food Science and Technology
This IFT scientific review takes a historical look at the food system, the many challenges ahead, and the crucial role of food science and technology in meeting the needs of the growing population.

John Floros

IFT Interview with John Floros, PhD Listen Button
In this IFT audio interview, Past IFT President John Floros, PhD discusses the importance of food science and technology in feeding a growing population. Dr Floros is dean of the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University. He is a fellow of IFT and a member of the Science Board for the Food & Drug Administration.

Phillip Nelson

IFT Interview with Phil Nelson Listen Button
IFT interviews the recipient of the 2007 World Food Prize, Dr. Philip E. Nelson about the use of his aseptic processing and packaging innovation in reducing post-harvest waste, making many fruits and vegetables available year-round, and easier to transport worldwide.

Food Packaging Video

Day in the Life of a Food Scientist Video Button
What is it really like to be a food scientist? What do food scientists do each day? What kinds of things do they think about? Learn more about what it’s like to be a food scientist from the people who do it every day.

What is Food Science?

What is Food Science & Technology? Video Button
Learn what food science is all about and hear from people that work in the profession about what it's like to work in food science.

IFT K-12 Resources

IFT K-12 Outreach
Resources for teachers looking for class materials or for students interested in looking behind the scenes at how food is developed and processed. Includes videos, experiments and lesson planning.

 Food Technology Magazine Food Technology Magazine: Waste Not, Want Not
Encouraging sustainable agricultural practices, developing technologies to minimize pre-harvest and post-harvest losses, and more are top concerns among global food organizations like the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world.

FAO World Food Day

Reducing Food Waste

Chromeless Video Player branded for IFT

Hear from past IFT President John Floros, Ph.D., about what needs to be addressed in both developed and developing countries to reduce food waste worldwide.

Support a future food scientist

Contact Us

Mindy Weinstein

Director, Media Relations

Phone 312.604.0231
Fax 312.596.5631