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.