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Innovation in a Time of Crisis: Can We Future-Proof the Food System?
This question is the basis for this year's theme at IFT FIRST. In July, the best and brightest academics, researchers, and innovators will be in Chicago to discuss bold ideas, cutting-edge research and collaborate in ways that will connect our global food system communities. Together, we can future-proof the food system. Registration opens March 1.

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