In a recent presidential debate, the topic of climate change policies was addressed to the candidates. One of those questions stood out because it aimed to address how American farmers would be supported in light of the drastic environmental changes, including droughts, increasing temperatures, and flooding, that are increasingly threatening their livelihood. While talk surrounded federal funding and relocating farmers, one area was missed—innovations in food science, specifically focused on how agricultural advancements allow farmers to adapt to climate change.
Below is a roundup of informative articles highlighting how science enables growers to shift their practices in response to climate change. Among the solutions referenced are indoor agriculture, regenerative farming, and an emphasis on sustainability. Ultimately, ensuring crop yield and the preservation of global farmers in the face of radical climate events rests on the adoption of forward-thinking and innovative practices. Many farmers are actively making adjustments to incorporate cutting-edge innovations into their operations and, together with food scientists, do their part to combat climate change.
The intrinsic relationship between farmers and food scientists has never been more critical, as we collectively work to feed a growing population. The impact of climate change on these efforts will be among the many topics featured at this year’s IFT Annual Event and Food Expo. Early registration opens March 2 (even sooner for IFT Premier members), so mark your calendar and get ready to shift to what’s possible.
Maria Velissariou, Chief Science and Technology Officer, IFT
Experts predict the next 10 years will be the most dramatic transformation the food industry has experienced in the last three decades. Learn how experts are using next-generation technologies like AI and blockchain to revolutionize global food safety in our infographic.
The onslaught of COVID-19 has heightened consumers’ concerns about food safety and made this September’s celebration of National Food Safety Education Month even more timely and relevant. The following information and resources will help you increase your understanding of food safety and share the basic principles with those around you.
Several federal agencies unveiled strategic plans this year related to scientific research and innovations in agriculture, food safety, and nutrition. Science of food professionals will be critical to executing each of these.