Since the start of 2020, several agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), unveiled four strategic plans related to scientific research and innovations in agriculture, food safety, and nutrition. Each of these longer-term roadmaps aim to take food and agriculture to the next level. There is a discernable focus among each agency on multidisciplinary collaboration across the food value chain and strategically integrating science and technology.
Each of these multidisciplinary approaches serve to foster collaboration and innovation in food, agriculture, and nutrition. The role of science of food professionals are integral to executing each vision.
IFT is keenly aware of the need for funding food science research in the U.S., the importance of collaboration, and need for innovation, as illustrated by our report published in early 2020, and we will continue to advocate for funding.
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For several decades, we saw progress toward eradicating hunger and food insecurity around the world, but this is no longer the case. World Food Day is an opportune time to reflect on how our work as a science of food and food innovation community can help realize a world with zero hunger.
Five years ago, experts predicted an imminent workplace transformation, and many believe we are in the throes of that transformation today. While emerging technologies are creating new opportunities and driving necessary change, new skills development and a focus on creating inclusive environments are critical parts of the equation.