Showing the value of food science

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

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10/07/2012 12:04:01 PM

That would be the "Institute of Food Technologists" wouldn't it? They seem to have no problem listing organic suppliers in their Healthful Foods section: id=5000&categoryId=24
11/07/2012 3:57:31 AM

David, this article is a dismal display of self justification which, coming from someone who calls himself an agricultural consultant, seems to be heavily weighted towards "scientific" farming. I have no problem buying fruit and veges from either side of the industry, but your anti-organic vehemence is a bit over the top. The organic industry is an ever growing segment worth many millions. One would have thought an "agricultural consultant" would have been supportive of ALL sectors of the industry. Use a Brix meter on organic and conventional fruit to see the difference , for example.
11/07/2012 4:52:13 AM

Go and video some of the food markets in Asia and you will see plenty of food on the shelves, mostly grown without modern science. If china can feed over a billion people with peasant agriculture and have none of the illnesses that we have in western society perhaps we should be looking at their methods, before they lose their sustainability through modern agricultural methods.
11/07/2012 4:58:42 AM

Maybe David should read a couple of books I could suggest. Soils grass and cancer by Andre Voisin Nutrition and physical degeneration by Weston A Price. These were written at the early days of industrial agriculture and we didn't heed their warnings!
11/07/2012 5:50:50 AM

Kim, if you want chemically free food, Asia is the last place you would go. Instead of watching videos of the markets, go to the fields and see what really happens! Their adoption of science in farming is what has increased their food supply and standard of living to a point where they can now industrialise and compete on the world stage as they do so successfully. Just as the West has done in the last centuries. But their over exuberance on using every chemical (mostly old, cheap, more dangerous ones) with little control or understanding is often quite disturbing. Dreams are not reality.
Bushie Bill
11/07/2012 8:04:26 AM

Yeah, very ignorant post Kim.
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