NEWS BITE: New IFT “FutureFood 2050” Initiative Explores Solutions to the Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion

The expected increase in the world population to 9.6 billion by 2050, coupled with well-documented concerns about limited resources, hunger, climate change, and obesity, has people talking. While there’s no shortage of commentary, there appears to be a void when it comes to viable solutions to the challenges we face.

FutureFood 2050 is a new initiative from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) aimed at providing a wide variety of fact-based articles about food issues, opportunities, and solutions. In addition to stories on relevant topics, FutureFood 2050 is producing a documentary that will report on:

  • Scientific frontiers: from fields, villages, and cities to labs, production lines, and deep space;
  • Global thought leaders helping to separate myth from reality;
  • Fascinating individuals and the ingenuity they’re bringing to food challenges; and
  • The latest on the science of food—and the impact it is having—around the globe.

Through the collective insights in these stories, FutureFood 2050 will generate opportunities to learn about science-based solutions that are as real as the challenges we face.

In future issues, Food Insight will feature articles and other resources produced as part of the FutureFood 2050 initiative, so stay tuned. For example, it recently published a series of articles discussing food waste, profiling the challenge of unused and underutilized food and its impact on feeding the world today and in the future. Those at the forefront of the issue share new solutions being developed to address challenges such as expiration dates, alternative resources for feed, and creating innovative tools and resources for villages and cities.

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