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Episode 33

Ag Futurist Robert Saik, Vickie Kloeris on NASA, @TheBlackFoodScientist Shares the Science

Get the latest expert insights into the world of food science and technology in the April 2024 episodes of the Omnivore podcast, brought to you from Food Technology magazine.

Renowned agrologist Robert Saik discusses the ways that science and technology are critical if food production is to meet the needs of a fast-growing global population. IFT Past President Vickie Kloeris talks about her new book, which reflects on her time working at NASA. Brittany Towers Lewis, aka The Black Food Scientist, talks about how and why she got into making her popular Instagram and TikTok video series, Science in Sixty Seconds.

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Robert Saik Robert Saik is CEO of AGvisorPRO, a technology platform that connects those seeking agricultural advice with trusted experts. He is an award-winning agrologist, veteran entrepreneur, international agricultural consultant, and passionate advocate for applying science and technology to food production. He has published two books on agriculture and is currently working on a third.

Vickie Kloeris Vickie Kloeris is a food scientist who worked at NASA in space food systems for 34 years. For 29 of those years, she served as the NASA manager of first the Shuttle and then the International Space Station food systems. She and her teams worked through the complex challenges of creating tasty, nutritious, long-lasting, easy-to-prepare meals that support the dietary and psychological needs of astronauts living on the space station. Kloeris also served as the president of IFT from 2021 to 2022.

Brittany Towers Lewis Brittany Towers Lewis, MS, is known to 141K followers on Instagram and more than 86K on TikTok as The Black Food Scientist where she delivers rapid-fire food science concepts in her popular Science in Sixty Seconds videos. Towers Lewis, who recently joined Kraft-Heinz as innovation lead–sauces and condiments, has 10 years’ experience working primarily in product development, including positions with Vital Proteins and PepsiCo.

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