What Is Food Science & Technology? Learn what food science is all about and hear from people that work in the profession about what it’s like to work in food science.

Food Science

Food science draws from many disciplines such as biology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry in an attempt to better understand food processes and ultimately improve food products for the general public. As the stewards of the field, food scientists study the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food. By applying their findings, they are responsible for developing the safe, nutritious foods and innovative packaging that line supermarket shelves everywhere.

Food Technology

The food you consume on a daily basis is the result of extensive food research, a systematic investigation into a variety of foods’ properties and compositions. After the initial stages of research and development comes the mass production of food products using principles of food technology. All of these interrelated fields contribute to the food industry – the largest manufacturing industry in the United States.

Classroom Resources & Lessons

Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of IFT, is committed to encourage the best young minds to pursue careers in the science of food. The world needs the brightest minds engaged in the science of food in order to meet the challenges ahead of us to feed a projected population of 9 billion in 2050.

Below are resources for K-12 science educators to learn more and introduce students to experiments and curriculum designed with the science of food in mind.

Thanks to Science Buddies for their permission to share their resources.
Science Buddies


How Do You Become a Certified Food Scientist? Download the Candidate Handbook.