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 an 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.

On October 16, IFT is joining with organizations around the world to celebrate World Food Day. This public awareness effort, an annual campaign that commemorates the 1945 founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is designed to promote increased understanding of hunger issues and the need for global access to nutritious food.

As a participant in World Food Day, IFT has developed a wide array of resources for food professionals, media, consumers, educators, and government officials. We encourage you to use them 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 Without Food Science

World Without Food Science
World Without Food Science video: Discover what a trip to the grocery store would be like without the benefit of food science and technology. Availability of Food video: Learn how your access to safe and nutritious foods could be affected, without food science, as the world’s population continues to rise. Sustainability video: Explore how food scientists work to ensure environmentally friendly food production.

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.

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.

Food Packaging Video

Day in the Life of a Food Scientist
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.

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 a professor of Food Process Engineering and Packaging and Head of Food Science Department at Pennsylvania 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.

Ellen Kullman

DuPont CEO stresses collaboration to feed a growing population
"We have to work together through public-private collaborations and through a harmonized, science-based regulatory system to ensure farmers and consumers can benefit from new technologies," Ellen Kullman, CEO and Chairwoman of DuPont, told an audience of 900+ attendees at the 2011 World Food Prize keynote on Oct. 13. According to Kullman, it is collaboration and innovative science that will be the foundation to addressing global food security.

Roger Clemens

Striving to Meet Society's Food Needs
IFT President Roger Clemens explains how World Food Day creates an opportunity to raise awareness of the groundbreaking developments in food science and technology that have enabled the modern farm-to-fork system to feed nearly seven billion people.

Food Tips for Locavores

Smart Tips for Shopping at Farmer's Markets Video Button
Being a "locavore" and eating foods grown near where you live have become a popular practice, as many people want to support their local farmers. Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you buy produce at your local farmer's market.

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.

Day in the Life of a NASA Food Scientist

A Day in the Life of a NASA Food ScientistVideo Button
Follow a Day in the Life of Michele Perchonok, Advanced Food Technology Manager at NASA, and members of the food science team as they guide us through their work in the Space Food Systems Laboratory.

Disney IFT Food Science: Making Food Fun

A Day in the Life of a Disney Food Scientist Video Button
Follow a Day in the Life of Rebecca Skolmutch, PhD, Product Development Manager, and Embola Ndi, PhD, Vice President, Food, Health and Beauty, North America and Global Product Development at Disney Consumer Products

Journal of Food Science Education

JFSE Resources for K-12 Teachers
This special issue of the Journal of Food Science Education (JFSE) provides K-12 teachers with ideas and resources that can assist them in utilizing food to enhance the interest and learning of their students.

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.

FAO World Food Day

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.

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