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June 2-5, 2019 | New Orleans, LA

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Storytelling: Innovations from the Far Corners of the Developing World

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

There are developing-world food stories that need to be told: narratives about solutions to global food problems and the innovators who hack them. Ingenuity is bred in faraway places, and most of the food industry doesn’t know about it.
Tiny startups and obscure development initiatives are tackling food insecurity and its related social issues with grit and guts. Some are doing so in low tech but highly effective ways. Others are applying advanced technology to very basic rural problems. All are envelope-pushers and groundbreakers.
In an informal story-telling fashion you will learn about small startups, research projects, and entrepreneurial organizations addressing a wide range of critical food-related issues such as malnutrition, food safety, storage and handling, and production efficiency. From a solar-powered affordable food cart franchise in Uganda to a super-simple solution to iron-deficiency anemia in Cambodia, entrepreneurs are making a meaningful difference.
The Cannabis Lexicon: Popular Slang and Scientific Fact

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 01:15 PM - 01:45 PM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

In this talk, we’ll examine the lexicon of cannabis, comparing and contrasting pop culture patois with technical terminology. We’ll explore the relationship between slang terms and slang theory when it comes to cannabinoid-infused foods, exposing the etymological divide between popular myth and scientific fact. We’ll then introduce the essential technical vocabulary a good scientist needs to think critically about the benefits and risks of incorporating cannabinoids into food forms. Finally, we’ll point you to some of the more credible research available on cannabinoid science so you can put your newfound vocabulary to productive use. If we do our job, you’ll learn enough to be dangerous at the next cocktail party, which is all that really matters anyway.
Start-Up Alley Showcase

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 08:00 AM - 08:45 AM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

Get to know the companies featured at IFT18's Start-Up Alley.
Utilizing Blockchain for Improved Traceability Panel Discussion

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

Technology is changing at a revolutionary pace. Think about how the commoditization of the internet changed the retail and banking sectors. A similar trend is being observed in the world of food traceability. It’s not just that we are collecting more data about our global food system but we are getting smarter about how we leverage technology to get smarter about utilizing the data we collect. Data collected for traceability is helping anticipate issues in food quality and respond more effectively to issues in food safety. IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center has studied and evaluated several novel traceability technologies that show potential, from the use of whole genome sequencing to trace foodborne outbreak pathogens and contamination sources to the use of synthetic DNAs sprayed on packaging to prevent temperature abuse. Lessons learned from other industries can help accelerate the rate of adoption of traceability best practices such as RX360 in the pharmaceutical sector or electronic patient records in the healthcare sector. One exciting technology that is promising the potential to bring our food safety systems into the 21st century is blockchain based on lessons learned from the financial sector.

Blockchain is a transformative technology that could finally enable the traceability and the transparency that the industry has been working toward. This holistic view of information could enable better execution in the supply chain itself to drive improved food safety, better sustainability, reduction of waste and other key benefits. Blockchain isn't a silver bullet, but its unique characteristics as a trusted, shared system of record allow us to solve both the underlying technology problem and the fundamental social problem that have hampered previous efforts. With blockchain we can improve how we digitize and distribute all of the information on the food ecosystem. In addition, we can provide the trust that allows entities to actually participate. By enabling the participation of the entire ecosystem with the creation of a trusted record of the food system, the food ecosystem will be transparent and traceable, and in a way that supports the business interests.

The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically as it has the potential to do so today. Whether we live in Shenzhen, Santiago, Sheffield, or Chicago, we can choose to buy local or enjoy the best products from the best producers anywhere in the world without regard for the season. We go online and get whatever we want to be delivered directly to our door or local store. While this modern food system has resulted in more choice, affordability, and convenience, in some instances, it also has resulted in consumers being far removed from where food comes from and how it’s been produced. As a result, there is a need for even greater collaboration regarding food traceability and transparency solution. Blockchain, as new and emerging technologies, have the potential to enable a new era of end-to-end transparency in the global food system that will further promote responsible actions and behaviors.
Food Technologists Without Border Panel

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

This panel discussion will share collective knowledge of our IFT community to pursue food and nutrition solutions for those in need.
IFT and Feeding Tomorrow Foundation are collaborating with several not-for-profit organizations to set up volunteer programs that leverage the technical knowledge of the IFT community to provide scalable, sustainable, safe and nutritious food technology solutions for people and regions in need.
IFT<i>NEXT</i> Quickfire: Global Solutions for Food Security

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

What are some of the problems facing the global population and how can food science help? This IFTNEXT Quickfire is three presentations in one, highlighting the innovation, research, and approaches taken to make a positive impact on food security. Stay until the end for a chance to join the conversation!
A Simple Approach to Displacing Costly or Vulnerable Ingredients in Your Recipes

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 02:30 PM - 02:45 PM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

Another new food ingredient? YES. And you’re welcome! Learn the science & story behind a novel multi-functional plant-based ingredient being used in everyday foods. AND how this market-tested product delivers simple cost-effective benefits as an emulsifier, texturizer & humectant.