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We must play a global leadership role to ensure a safe, secure, and abundant food supply for the United States and the world.

Discover Our Roadmap
for the Future

Rapid increases in the world’s population, climate change, and natural disasters will challenge the use of natural resources and necessitate concomitant increases in food production, nutritional quality, and distribution efficiencies. New scientific knowledge that enhances food commodities, minimizes contamination, ensures a secure food supply, and supports effective and reasonable regulatory policies will be needed.


Our areas of scientific focus are:

  • Developing technologies and breeding programs to maximize the genomic potential of plants and animals for enhanced productivity and nutritional value

  • Identifying plant compounds that prevent chronic human diseases (e.g., cancer), and developing and encouraging methods to enhance or introduce these plants and compounds into the food system

  • Developing effective methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, trace the origin of, and respond to potential food safety hazards, including bioterrorism agents, invasive species, pathogens (foodborne and other), and chemical and physical contaminants throughout production, processing, distribution, and service of food crops and animals grown under all production systems

  • Developing food supply and transportation systems and technologies that improve the nutritional values, diversity, and health benefits of food and that enhance preservation practices, safety, and energy efficiency at all scales, including local and regional

  • Decreasing dependence on chemicals that have harmful effects on people and the environment by optimizing effective crop, weed, insect, and pathogen management strategies

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This new Science Roadmap for Food and Agriculture will be essential in its contribution to fulfilling the land-grant mission to extend cutting-edge research to solve critical problems for the public good.

It establishes a benchmark for future dialogue around these crucial societal challenges. It provides a justification for continued and even expanded public investment in research in these Grand Challenge areas over the next 10 years

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