A NUMBER of people have commented on my article about organic food, in essence arguing they want food that is “natural” rather than affected “science”. Hence their rejection of modern farming tools such as agricultural chemicals and genetically modified crops.
The Institute of Food Science has just launched an awareness campaign called “A World Without Food Science" to explain what would happen if that attitude prevailed.
One video accurately depicts what a grocery store would be like without the existence of food science. The black and white footage shows empty shelves, rotten fruit, insect-infested grain and spoiled meat.
Another highlights the challenges surrounding availability of food and how we will need to feed approximately 9 billion people by 2050.
Yet another focuses on food safety and the important role of food science in ensuring that the food we eat is safe.
Three more videos will be released within the year. Topics include nutrition, environmentally responsible food production, and developing food products for specific populations.
I doubt whether those who worship nature will be interested, but perhaps those with open minds might find them informative.
David Leyonhjelm is an agribusiness consultant with Baron Strategic Services. He may be contacted at email@example.com