Toolkit Advocacy

Advocacy Toolkits

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has developed toolkits about important topics in the science of food that you can use to dispel common misconceptions around important food-related topics. Check back periodically as new toolkits will continue to be added.

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Diverse skill sets needed for growing opportunities

To understand where the future of work in the science of food is headed, it’s necessary to first look at how the industry has changed, explained the panelists at an IFT Careers InFocus virtual event session titled “The Future of Work.”

Preparing for a new work paradigm

Speaking at IFT’s recent Careers InFocus virtual event and career fair, Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America and former U.S. presidential candidate, shared his perspective on the massive changes that are affecting the way we work.

No quick fix for employment inequities

Employment inequities related to gender and race are real, and correcting them must be a priority, but it isn’t going to happen overnight, said panelists at an IFT Careers InFocus virtual event session.

National Honey Board seeks honey–food pairings to encourage consumption of Mediterranean diet

The National Honey Board (NHB) is currently accepting pre-proposals for honey food-pairings to help Americans consume a Mediterranean diet pattern. Interested researchers need to submit a short pre-proposal by November 13, 2020.

FDA amends its procedures for dairy, infant formula firms exporting to China

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing changes to its export listing procedures for dairy and infant formula firms seeking to export their products to China.

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3 Steps for Shifting DEI from Dialogue to Action

Becoming a leader who advances diversity, equity, and inclusion starts with understanding and aims for accountability.

COVID-19 Triggers 2021 Food Trends, Opportunities

A direct correlation exists between several food trends and opportunities expected in 2021 and the COVID-19 pandemic. Five standouts have risen to forefront.

9 Food Trends to Watch for in 2021

What food trends will define 2021? According to the editors of Food Technology magazine, we'll be seeing more mushrooms, fermented foods, and food as medicine in the year ahead.

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Sucralose–carbohydrate combo may affect insulin sensitivity

A study found that people who drank beverages that contained the low-calorie sweetener sucralose did experience metabolic problems and issues with neural responses but only when the beverage was formulated with both sucralose and a tasteless sugar (maltodextrin).

The health benefits of fermented soy products

While investigating the link between consumption of soy products and all-cause mortality, researchers in Japan found that a higher intake of fermented soy products, such as natto and miso, was associated with a lower risk of mortality.

Researchers think coconut oil may help treat COVID-19 patients

As millions of patients and healthcare workers around the world fight COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a group of scientists believe one potential treatment for the virus is already found on grocery store shelves: Virgin coconut oil (VCO).

Foods for health are better for the planet

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and Oxford University compared the environmental effects of producing certain nutrient-dense foods associated with lowering disease risks to the environmental effects of certain animal products.