Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about FutureFood 2050 and the issues we’re focusing on.
Q: Who is producing FutureFood 2050?
A: FutureFood 2050 comes from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the world’s largest professional society of food scientists and related professionals. Its 18,000+ members are scientists, researchers, Ph.Ds and professionals from every part of the food community as well as industry, academia and government. They represent individuals, not organizations, who advance food science in the field, boardrooms, labs and on production lines every day.
Q: What is FutureFood 2050 hoping to accomplish?
A: FutureFood 2050 showcases how food science will provide solutions to feed the world’s 9+ billion citizens sustainably by 2050. It will share the many ways food science is delivering solutions that make us better nourished, healthier and safer, and creating a more abundant supply of food. By presenting a more hopeful future that confronts anxiety with equal doses of fact and optimism, FutureFood 2050 shows that we can improve the world’s food supply through the ingenuity of food science and technology. To achieve this goal we are producing 75 articles with thought leaders and a documentary film about food science.
Q: When is all of this going on?
A: The 75 interviews are underway and you can read them here on our website. The documentary is in production and should be available in 2015.
Q: Where is this conversation taking place?
A: From classrooms to kitchens, to grocery stores and beyond people are more interested than ever in food and food science. The conversation is happening on the web as well, and we encourage you to contribute to the comments, subscribe to our feed, or visit our social media channels.
Q: Why is this important?
A: Food science is about finding solutions, and overcoming problems—not creating them. By 2050, there will be 9.6 billion people to feed, according to recent UN estimates. The food science profession knows that it has a profound responsibility to feed the planet in a responsible, sustainable way. It is working incredibly hard to find solutions today to fight the challenges of tomorrow. Much of the food debate has been based on exposing problems—both real and exaggerated—which perpetuates negativity. Very little of the dialogue has been devoted to what is being done to find solutions to those problems. FutureFood 2050 is different. Rather than focus solely on the problems that both exist today and will exist in the future, it seeks to address those problems by showcasing solutions that are based on science, innovation, collaboration and creativity.