Tomorrow's Sustainability Starts Today
How do we achieve our loftiest goals of a sustainable well-fed future for all?
Our "Science Roadmap for Food and Agriculture" guides our research and fulfills 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.
Our Promise to People & the Planet
This Science Roadmap for Food and Agriculture describes a challenging and exciting future for the nation’s land-grant colleges of agriculture and state agricultural experiment stations. It reflects comprehensive thinking about the future of agricultural sciences and identifies future directions for research in food and agricultural sciences.
The Roadmap makes the case for new investments in research to address the following increasingly complex and pervasive issues:
An interdependent global economy
Demands on the environment and the natural resource base
Renewable bioenergy sources and energy security
Health care costs
Trends toward obesity
Hunger and food security for the world’s population
Challenges to individual, family, and community well-being
The Roadmap defines seven separate Grand Challenges that Land-grant University researchers, scientists, and leaders identified as critical for a sustainable future for our planet and its people.