Global Food

Global food ventures

The world’s population is expected to grow to more than 9 billion people during the next 40 years, requiring a 70 percent increase in food supply. Despite today’s abundance, nearly one billion people are undernourished, and even in Minnesota, more than 10 percent of our residents lack sufficient food. The economic and human toll of hunger and malnutrition not only affects countries that are food and nutrition insecure, but the global economy. Foodborne illness and obesity caused by non-nutritious food drives increasing rates of chronic disease and adds to health care costs.


The Promising Future of Food Waste

When someone mentions “food security,” eggshells and banana peels may not be the first things that come to mind. But to Larry Baker, a research professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, our food waste could be the key to a happy and healthy future.

As part of the MnDRIVE-funded Waste Not project, Baker and his fellow researchers are working to close the loop on our organic waste systems. By finding ways to transform these systems, they hope to reduce the cost of disposal, as well as the environmental impacts of food production.

Ten graduate fellowships funded for 2016-17

Ten graduate students from the colleges of Veterinary Medicine; Public Health; and Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences have been awarded Global Food Ventures Fellowships for the 2016-17 academic year.

Aquaponics: Making a Sustainable Food Choice Economically Sustainable

Researchers funded by MnDRIVE are nearly halfway into a two-year project that will determine both the market for aquaponically raised fish and produce and an economic model that farmers can use to determine whether it makes sense to grow sustainable aquaponic products for the commercial market.

Keeping Minnesota Turkeys Heavy and Healthy

A College of Veterinary Medicine researcher is developing oral alternatives to antibiotics that commercial turkey farms will be able to use to maintain both growth performance and health in their birds.

Preventing Foodborne Illness Through Vaccination

Research being conducted by Dr. Fernando Leite, a veterinarian from Brazil and a second-year PhD student in Veterinary Medicine, could help veterinary scientists save human lives through better understanding the role the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis plays in promoting foodborne illness caused by the deadly pathogen Salmonella.