Food for the 21st Century: Can We Feed 11 Billion People?

Paul Takhistov (Food Science)

Feeding the world's growing population is not an easy task. It is estimated that there will be 11 billion people on the planet by 2100. Can we produce enough food for all people sustainably and can we afford it? With modern science and technologies the food industry has gained a whole new set of tools to improve certain properties of food and associated processes that are necessary for food production. However, food production should never come at the expense of human health. In this seminar we will discuss principles of the food supply chain, the modern approaches to design food products, and the ways to create a sustainable food future. We will also discuss applicability of new sustainable sources of food such as algae, insects and biologically derived polysaccharides as food supplements. During the course, students will have an opportunity to prepare some formulations using new food materials and technologies, such as edible films, 3D printing, and more.