World Without Food Science

World Without Food Science™ is a public education campaign created by the Institute of Food Technologists to generate awareness of the role that food science plays in ensuring a nutritious, safe and abundant food supply.

This awareness initiative is designed to help the public understand where their food comes from so they can make informed decisions about the food they eat every day. As part of this effort, IFT provides practical consumer tips at

World Without Food Science: Food Availability Availability of Food
Within the next 50 years, the world's population is expected to rise to over 9 billion. Colin Dennis, Ph.D., Previous Director-General, Campden BRI, explains how your access to a variety of safe and nutritious foods would be affected in a world without food science.
World Without Food Science: Food Safety Food Safety
In a world without food science, food safety would be a guessing game. Robert Brackett, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Institute for Food Safety & Health, Illinois Institute of Technology, explains how food science keeps our food supply safe.
Food Shelf Sustainability
Food science and technology provide sustainable solutions throughout the food system.  Mary Wagner, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development, Starbucks, explains how food scientists work to ensure environmentally friendly food production.
World Without Food Science: Nutrition Nutrition
Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., Principal, Corvus Blue, and Joanne Slavin, Ph.D., Professor of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, explain how nutrition would be affected in a world without food science.
World Without Food Science: Special Foods Special Foods
Special Foods: Roger Clemens, DrPH, University of Southern California, discusses how food scientists develop food products for special populations - those with specific health needs such as newborns, children, seniors and diabetics.
Can You Imagine?
What a world without food science would look like:

- No way to keep food fresh

- Nutrition would be a guessing game

- Food would look and taste bad

- Food would cost a lot more

- Dinner would take all day to prepare

- Food would be unsafe to eat

- There wouldn't be enough food for everyone

The good news?

Thousands of dedicated food science professionals, are preventing this frightening scenario from becoming a reality. They are developing safe, nutritious, healthy and plentiful food that consumers eat everyday.
World Food Day

Learn more about ways you can help educate the world about food science, on World Food Day and year-round.

Check out IFT’s resources, tips, and tools.