Why Food Science Matters

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) unapologetically works  to create awareness about the critical role food science plays in ensuring our planet’s food supply is nutritious, safe, sustainable, and abundant.  

“I think food science and technology is a very uniquely positioned to address various problems facing society.”

- V. M. Balasurbramanian, IFT Member

Food Science is Essential

Did you ever imagine what our food and food supply would be like without food science? The videos below provide insightful information about the different and essential ways food science contributes to ensuring our food supply is:

  • Safe
  • Nutritious
  • Tastes good
  • Economical
  • Abundant
  • Easy to prepare
  • Sustainable

Availability of Food

Within the next 50 years, the world’s population is expected to rise 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.

Food Safety

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 Sustainability

Mary Wagner, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development, Starbucks, explains how food scientists work to ensure environmentally friendly food production.


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.

Special Foods

Roger Clemens, Ph.D., University of Southern California, discusses how food scientists develop food products for special populations—those with specific needs such as newborns, children, seniors, and diabetics.

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Explore Careers in Food Science

The science of food profession provides many exciting, global, diverse, and meaningful career opportunities.

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