Learn About Food Science

The science of food encompasses food science, food technologies, and their applications across the food industry. Learn more about this exciting field and the positive impact in keeping our food safe, nutritious, delicious, and sustainable.

What is Food Science?

Food science draws from many disciplines, including biology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry to better understand food processes and improve food products for the general public. As the stewards of the field, food scientists study the physical, microbial, and chemical makeup of food. They apply their findings to develop the safe, nutritious, and sustainable foods and innovative packaging that line supermarket shelves today.


What is Food Technology?

The food you consume daily is the result of extensive food research, a systematic investigation into a variety of foods’ properties and compositions. After the initial stages of research and development, food products are mass produced using the principles of food technology. These interrelated fields contribute to the food industry—the largest manufacturing industry in the United States.

Why Food Science Matters
Food science plays a vital role in ensuring our world’s food supply is safe, nutritious, delicious, plentiful, and sustainable. Learn how...
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Learn how food science is vital to helping solve how we will feed the estimated over 9 billion people in 2050.
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Learn how food science makes foods healthier and more nutritious

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Resources for Educators

Inspire future food scientists! K-12 teachers looking for curriculum inspiration be sure to check out our easy to access teaching resources.

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Careers in Science of Food

Passionate about food? Passionate about science? There are so many career opportunities in the science of food profession.

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